A new low-cost airline has officially entered the Hawaii market.
The Singapore-based airline Scoot celebrated its inaugural flight to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
All 329 passengers on that flight were greeted with lei, hula, live Hawaiian music, and refreshments after clearing customs.
“I would imagine for residents of Hawaii, if you go all the way out to Singapore, you’re not going to just visit one country. You want to go to Thailand. You want to go to Indonesia, and we allow for that through very affordable airfares throughout the whole region,” said Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin, who also traveled on the inaugural flight.
Prior to Tuesday’s arrival, the airline offered introductory $80 one-way fares from Honolulu to Osaka, Japan, and $200 one-way fares to Singapore through Osaka for travel between Dec. 19 and 25, and $150 one-way to Osaka and $250 one-way to Singapore for travel between Jan. 1, 2018, and May 31, 2018.
Most of those seats have since sold out.
Scoot is the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group. It will operate four times weekly flights to Singapore with a stopover in Osaka on a twin-aisle Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The flight schedule follows:
|Singapore – Osaka – Honolulu (TR 700)|
|Singapore – Osaka||10:45 a.m.||5:30 p.m.||Monday, Tuesday, Saturday|
|Osaka – Honolulu||7:25 p.m.||7:30 a.m.|
|Singapore – Osaka||9:55 a.m.||4:55 p.m.||Friday|
|Osaka – Honolulu||6:50 p.m.||7:00 a.m.|
|Honolulu – Osaka – Singapore (TR 701)|
|Honolulu – Osaka||9:35 a.m.||2:00 p.m. (+1 day)||Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday|
|Osaka – Singapore||3:10 p.m.||9:10 p.m.||Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday|