On 20 May NokScoot, the latest low-cost, long-haul airline to be created, had a ‘soft’ launch with the start of daily flights between Bangkok and Singapore. Nanjing in China will be its second route from 11 June.
- NokScoot, the joint venture between Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot had something of a ‘soft’ launch on 20 May when the airline (IATA code XW) operated its first scheduled flight between Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Singapore (SIN). The airline’s daily service on the 1,442-kilometre route will be flown by its 777-200s and faces direct competition from Thai AirAsia (42 weekly flights) and Scoot (daily flights). In addition, the airline faces indirect competition from five more carriers (Cathay Pacific Airways, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Tigerair Singapore) who between them operate around 20 daily flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Singapore.