Greeting passengers at Singapore Airport for the inaugural Scoot service to Honolulu were Nicholas and Pauline, Hawaiian performers; Kalani L. H. Kaʻanāʻanā, Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs; Lee Lik Hsin, CEO, Scoot; Kimokeo Kapahulehua, Hawaiian cultural practitioner; and Pedro A. Gambarina, US Department of Homeland Security, US Embassy Singapore’s International Industry Representative. Passengers at the gatehold room in Singapore were also greeted with a traditional hula dance. There were also celebrations in Honolulu to welcome the first arriving flight.
- Scoot commenced operations from Singapore (SIN) to Honolulu (HNL) via Osaka Kansai (KIX) on 19 December. The four times weekly service to the Hawaiian hub was launched in tandem with the LCC’s first direct connection between Singapore and Osaka, which operates at the same weekly frequency. Seats can be booked in both directions between Singapore and Osaka, and between the Japanese airport and Honolulu, as well as on the full itinerary between Singapore and Hawaii. “We are excited about entering the US market with a destination as special as Hawaii,” said Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Scoot. “We look forward to connecting our two communities which are both known for their rich multi-cultural heritage. We are confident that travellers from Singapore and the region are eager to visit Hawaii as a world-famous vacation destination.” The service between Singapore and Honolulu via Osaka covers a total distance of 11,510 kilometres and OAG schedules show that there are no other carriers offering direct competition between these airports. However, there is direct competition on the 4,899-kilometre connection between Singapore and Osaka which is operated twice-daily by Singapore Airlines, and on the 6,611-kilometre Osaka–Honolulu airport pair, which is already flown by Japan Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and AirAsia X. Scoot operates 787-8s on all sectors between Singapore and Honolulu.