NokScoot, also known as NokScoot Airlines Company Limited, was a Thai low-cost airline based at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. The airline was a joint venture of Singapore-based Scoot and Thailand’s Nok Air.
NokScoot commenced operations in 2013 when Scoot announced plans to establish a new carrier in Bangkok that would fly medium and long-haul routes with a fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft. NokScoot was owned by 51% of Nok Air and Scoot (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) owns 49%. The Thai airline was planning to expand its routes to China with a new direct service between Bangkok and Shanghai before ceasing operations.
Update: NokScoot ceased operations in 2020
As of June 2020, NokScoot is no longer operating. Unfortunately, the airline could not recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this, NokScoot was not able to record a full year's profit since 2014.
NokScoot had many fares including Fly, which did not include any checked baggage allowance. Other product bundles, FlyBag and FlyBagEatcome with 20kg and Scootbiz came with 30kg of checked baggage included.
Cabin baggage for Economy was limited to one piece of up to 7kg and ScootBiz class was limited to 2 pieces of up to a combined weight of 15kg.
Fly, FlyBag and FlyBagEat Fares were limited to one piece of up to 7kg, plus more than 3kg allowance if the laptop was carried. ScootBiz Fare was limited to 2 pieces of up to a combined weight of 15 kg.
ScootBiz included full leather seats that offered at least 38" (96.5cm) of legroom, 21.7" (55.1cm) of width, 8" (20.3cm) of recline, plus a footrest and in-arm trays that could be unfolded partially or fully. In addition, ScootBiz passengers received their preferred seat selection in an exclusive 24-seat upfront, cabin, with their most experienced staff, a complimentary meal with beverages, 30kg of checked baggage allowance, up to 15kg/ two bags of carry-on baggage and priority check-in & boarding.
NokScoot flew to a selection of cities in Asia including Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo, among several others. Take a look at the table below to see all the destinations NokScoot flew to before ceasing operations.
|China||Nanjing||Nanjing Lukou International Airport|
|China||Qingdao||Qingdao Liuting International Airport|
|China||Shanghai||Shanghai Pudong International Airport|
|China||Shenyang||Shenyang Taoxian International Airport|
|China||Tianjin||Tianjin Binhai International Airport|
|China||Xi'an||Xi'an Xianyang International Airport|
|India||Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport|
|Japan||Osaka||Kansai International Airport|
|Japan||Sapporo||New Chitose Airport|
|Japan||Tokyo||Narita International Airport|
|Taiwan||Taipei||Taoyuan International Airport|
|Thailand||Bangkok||Don Mueang International Airport|
Economy Class offered great value in a cabin that was crewed by the airline's friendly cabin crew.
Economy Class passengers could order a range of food and drink from the airline's in-flight menu.
Although there was no in-flight entertainment system, passengers could enjoy reading material from the airline's in-flight magazine.
The Economy Class cabin seats were set out in a 3 x 4 x 3 formation, with each seat giving a good amount of width and pitch.
The Business Class cabin was in an exclusive section of the cabin at the front of the aircraft. All Busines Class passengers would be taken care of by the airline's excellent flight crew.
Business Class passengers were given priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling.
In-flight, each passenger was given a complimentary Business Class meal, accompanied by a drink service that included hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Business Class seats were set out in a 2 x 4 x 2 formation. The formation allowed for extra space in the cabin for each passenger. Each seat came with a power outlet which could be used to charge personal electronic devices.
Bangkok Thung Song
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Don Mueang International Airport is one of the oldest operating airports in Bangkok and one of the two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand.
The airport is a low-cost airline hub and airlines that fly from and to Don Mueang International Airport include Air Asia, Thai AirAsia, Maldivian and Malindo Air.
31st May 2018
NokScoot will operate B737 aircraft in the third quarter of this year
NokScoot, based at Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport (BKK), will begin operating its newly acquired B737-800 in the third quarter of 2018. NokScoot will use the B737-800 to fly a daily service between Bangkok Don Mueang and Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) starting on 16th September 2018.
NokScoot Deputy CEO, Giam Ming Toh, has addressed the arrival of the new aircraft, stating that all incoming B737s will follow the same layout as this current 189 seat B737-800 with only Economy Class tickets seats on offer.
31st May 2018
Scoot to wet-lease a B777 to cover for B787 downtime
Scoot (TR, Singapore Changi) has announced it will wet-lease one B777-200(ER) from Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) to cover the shortage of B787-8s and -9s caused by the technical issues with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
The wet-leased aircraft will be deployed between June 6 and June 30, 2018, on the low-cost, long-haul operator's service from Singapore Changi to Sydney Kingsford Smith.
It is recalled that Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Phong Choon recently told a media gathering that Singapore Airlines Group has not seen any headwinds due to the Trent 1000 engine issues currently afflicting carriers across the globe.
According to CAPA, after the initial lengthy grounding of one aircraft in the second half of 2017, Scoot resumed full operations of all its B787s in early 2018. However, the new airworthiness directive issued in April 2018, which tightened the requirements for inspections of the Trent 1000 engines and reduced ETOPS capabilities, has reportedly caused new headaches for the airline.
Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that out of Scoot's ten B787-8s, 9V-OFD (msn 37121) has been grounded since May 19, while all the others are currently active. All six of the carrier's B787-8s are also active.