Scoot issues RFPs for ground handling, catering services

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Singapore Airlines' (SIA) new low cost long-haul carrier Scoot has issued requests for proposals for its ground handling and catering services.

The start-up airline is also looking at "various options" for its engineering services, said CEO Campbell Wilson at an interview with Flightglobal Pro.

It has "made some decisions" regarding its inflight entertainment options and will make those public shortly, he added.

The airline, due to start service in the middle of 2012, is also finalising the design of its crew's uniform.

While Scoot can make these decisions independent of its parent, it will tap on SIA's expertise and economies of scale when it comes to fuel hedging and aircraft orders, added Wilson.

On routes planning, he said: "We have some degree of autonomy as to the destinations we decide to go, but all the strategic assets and decisions are coordinated at a group level."

Scoot expects to receive is Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the first quarter of 2012 and launch a daily service between Singapore and Sydney thereafter.