TOULOUSE – The
Middle East has witnessed the most growth in airline capacity growth
compared to other regions in the world in recent years, according to
Airbus’s latest Global Market Forecast report.
to from and within the Middle East will grow 5.9% annually until 2036,
well above the global average of 4.4%, an Airbus executive told
reporters. Such growth prompts fleet demand valued at $600 billion from a
total market value $5.3 trillion.
Last month, the Middle East’s
growth in passengers reached 6.5%, outpacing Western Europe and the US
that are at 5.4% and 2.6% respectively.
For the Middle East, the highest traffic growth in the next decade will be inter-regional, at 6.0%, rather than domestic flows.
its convenient location, four-hour flight time from the Middle East
covers 40% of the world’s population,” said Bob Lange, vice president of
market strategy at Airbus. “8 hours flying time covers 87% of the
world’s population, which is 84% of the world’s GDP. And 16 hours, the
longest range for wide-bodies, covers 100% of the world population, the
total world’s GDP.”
As economic growth is expected to increase by
3.4% in the next 20 years, travel will increase significantly. Traffic
between emerging markets are to represent a higher share of world
traffic, 40%, by 2036.
“The importance of the Middle East as a
hub is primordial in that growth,” said Lange. “The potential of Middle
East economies to move away from traditional sources of revenues towards
trade, tourism, manufacturing and commerce will continue. As there’s a
steady growth of population, GDP per capita will increase. People will
continue to fly more often than in previous years.”
include growth of private consumption, the increase in number of seats
traveling through the region, and hub development strategies.
fleet size of operators in the Middle East is projected to more than
double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades. While 730
aircraft are expected to remain in service over the period, the region
will need some 2,590 new aircraft. This demand includes 1,080 for
twin-aisle aircraft, with also 1,080 single-aisle aircraft, and 430 very
large aircraft such as the wide-body aircraft.
the current orders from Middle East-based carriers stand at 1,319
aircraft, of which 687 are single-aisle, 409 twin-aisle and 162 very
The low-cost carrier market is an emerging trend in the aviation industry, Lange further said.
low cost carrier market penetration increased significantly from 12% to
26% this year and has the highest demand among aircrafts.
Middle East in particular, demand for low-cost-carrier seats reached 4
million last year, multiplying to16 times in the last decade with the
liberalization of markets and people’s access to affordable air travel.
cost carriers’ average capacity reached 165 per flight last year
compared to average single-aisle aircraft that reached 156. Moreover, 10
out of 30 of the largest airlines in the world have a low cost carrier
in their group.
We dig a little digging in our Doctor Who outfits (literally) to squeeze some secrets out of Scoot, the little things you might not know, but that might also surprise you in the most pleasant of ways.
Shall we begin?
It ain’t nothin’ but Dreamliners up there
If you haven’t been on a Dreamliner, we’re truly sorry. But boy do they pack a punch.
Dreamliners have the largest plane windows of the lot, measuring about 47 x 28cm, and according to Boeing, this makes them 65 per cent larger than any other aircraft window.
They also are the most eco-friendly, come with customised lighting to set the mood (or just help you adjust to new timezones), and they have a wicked little thing called Smooth Ride Technology.
Put simply, the 787 Dreamliners can sense turbulence and automatically adjust its wing control surfaces for a smoother ride.
It comes from a seriously impressive family
From reputation to service and on-time performance, Scoot has big shoes to fill and does it’s darndest to live up to them.
That also means if PlusPerks has been purchased, you can accrue miles on the KrisFlyer loyalty program, same as Singapore Airlines. Scoot also recently acquired a baby of its own with Tiger Airways. In July 2017, Singapore Airlines announced a merger of Tigerair and Scoot, and just like that, Tigerair came under the Scoot umbrella.
There’s how many cabins aboard Scoot?
But upon further investigation, we realised we’d made a big mistake. Big. Huge.
[insert gif of Julie Roberts in Pretty Woman].
Because there’s actually a whole world of other seat options available in an additional cabin class on Scoot.
There’s the Super Seats, which come with 30 per cent more legroom and adjustable headrests, as well as Stretch Seats, which have 50 per cent more legroom, adjustable headrests, and are located up the front in the row of seats, meaning you’re all stretched out (see what we did there?) and you’re one of the first off the plane.
And on top of all that, there’s the ScootinSilence quiet zone, which is a child-free zone (for kids under 12). No crying babies? Sign us up.
Plus every seat comes with an adjustable headrest and you can reserve Super and Stretch seats (where available)!
And if you’re not satisfied with any of these, Scoot also gives you the ability to MaxYourSpace and buy the seats next to you so you can really stretch out/lie down and sleep.
MaxYourSpace is available in a first-come-first-serve basis, lets you choose how many extra seats you want, where available, and get it all approved six to 12 hours before take-off.
Join the big leagues, last minute
The LCC offers the ability to bid for a Business seat, pending availability, for a price that suits you.
If your price is right, they’ll upgrade you to a better flying experience with Bid 4 Biz. Just choose your flight and bidding price, review and select your request, and get notified a day before your flight if you scored the big shot or not.
Feel like flying high?
Upon graduation, cadets undertake Scoot’s Multi-Crew Coordination, type rating, base and line training to ensure they are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliners or Airbus A320 in Scoot’s fleet.
Scoot has its very own leadership team
Singapore Airlines might set the high benchmark for service and quality that Scoot follows, but it is it’s own brand, with its own style, its own unique sense of humour, and of course it’s own leadership team.
These guys (and gals) keep Scoot in line with its brand messaging – flying you on affordable airfares where you only pay for what’s important! So no top-down messages from Singapore Airlines confusing its branding for customers.