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.
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.