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New low-cost carrier at Melbourne Tullamarine

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 2, 2015
(Photo Credit: SDP Media)
An ARFF monitor cross marks the arrival of Scoot’s first Melbourne flight. (SDP Media)

Melbourne has a new low-cost option for air travel to Asia with the arrival of Singapore Airlines-owned Scoot’s inaugural flight on Sunday.

Flight TZ22, operated by operated by Boeing 787-8 9V-OFC, touched down just before 1100 local time, with the aircraft on the ground for a little over an hour before departing as TZ21 back to Singapore.

The low-cost carrier will fly five times a week between Singapore and Melbourne with a mixture of 787-8s and 787-9s. It also serves Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast from its Singapore hub.

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Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar and Emirates are also on the Melbourne-Singapore route.

“We’re excited about the prospects to boost tourism, business and education-related travel between our two great cities,” Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said in a statement.

“It’s also great to see another airline operating the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Melbourne.”

Jetstar, Air India, Royal Brunei and United are the other 787 operators at Melbourne.

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Boeing 787-8 9V-OFC at Melbourne on Sunday November 1 2015. (William Reid)
787-8 9V-OFC arriving at Melbourne Airport on November 1 2015. (William Reid)

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4 Comments

  • Kim

    says:

    Wonder why these state of the art aircraft don’t have winglets?

  • ggg

    says:

    @KIM It has. It is call ‘racked winglet” blended rearward & upperward a little at the tip but not going vertical.. Similar to 777’s. It has some drawback compared to the winglet we usually see. It’s vertical tail also looks different and try to be “more atheistic” ; Remember when 787s first concept imagine was published, it even had a shark fin like tail? Boeing officials said they are building a plane that passengers can recognize from its unique atheistic(and hence want to fly in that plane)??? Later wind tunnel prove the shape can never work and was droped since. Typical American work.

  • Freddie

    says:

    The old saying of – if it’s not Boeing then I’m not going – still has merit. I question why the race between aircraft manufacturers is to keep striving to go bigger and better. That also has some merit particularly with fuel savings but what is the revenue loss factor when most of them fly no where near their break even percentage of combined passenger/freight component?

  • Freddie

    says:

    Nothing will ever match the distinctive shape/recognition of the Boeing 747 and sadly the now defunct Concord.

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