Starting 1 October 2016, Scoot will launch three-times-weekly services to Hokkaido Prefecture’s capital of Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) via Taipei.
The routing allows Australians to get a dose of shopping, skiing, slurping udon and spicy Singapore noodles, by teaming the two destinations together.
Fares from Perth start at $639 per person return, Fly (economy) and $740 per person return from Gold Coast or $759 per person return from Sydney or Melbourne, Hoakkaido will appeal to families, skiers and inquisitive travellers.
Scoot’s Singapore-Taipei-Sapporo service will be the first regularly scheduled direct flight between Singapore and Sapporo, the main gateway to Hokkaido, just in time to commemorate the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan. Sapporo will be Scoot’s third destination in Japan after Osaka and Tokyo, bringing the number of services Scoot operates a week to Japan to 16, from 13 presently.
Scoot CEO Mr Campbell Wilson said “Hokkaido has long been a favourite with Australians for winter skiing holidays, but there is so much else to see and do in Hokkaido throughout the year! The perfectly cool year-round climate, even in summer, makes it a breeze to enjoy Hokkaido’s famed seafood and agricultural produce, luxuriate in the freedom of self-drive tours, and appreciate its wealth of natural wonders like the renowned flower fields. Being relatively unspoilt, Hokkaido also draws many outdoor lovers such as skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons, and cyclists, campers and hikers when it’s warmer. With Scoot, you can now experience the well-loved wonders of Hokkaido all year at unbeatable value!”
As the world’s first all-787 Dreamliner operator, Scoot’s Singapore-Taipei-Sapporo services will be operated using spacious, wide-bodied 787 Dreamliners with improved humidity and cabin pressurization, the largest windows of any modern jet, more overhead compartment space, and which produce 20 percent less noise compared to conventional aircraft.
Guests can choose from two cabin classes, depending on their needs and budgets. ScootBiz comprises a full leather seat with 38” pitch, 30kg checked-in baggage, perfect for ski bunnies with boots and skis, and up to 15kg, of cabin baggage, inflight entertainment that can be streamed to guests’ own devices, and meals and drinks included, along with priority boarding and check-in.