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​Scoot plans Honolulu launch by year end

Low-cost carrier Scoot is planning to launch services from its Singapore base to five new destinations: Harbin, Honolulu, Kuantan, Kuching and Palembang.

Singapore-Harbin will be operated thrice-weekly, while services to Honolulu (via Osaka Kansai) will be operated four-times weekly. Both routes are expected to commence by the end of the year, using Boeing 787s.

As part of its new service to Honolulu, Scoot will also operate a non-stop service to Osaka Kansai. It currently operates to Osaka Kansai via Bangkok Don Mueang and Kaohsiung, Taiwan - both services will continue.

Honolulu also represents Scoot's first destination in the US and its second 'ultra long-haul' destination after Athens.

Scoot has also applied to operate thrice-weekly to Kuantan within the first half of 2018. It will also take over SilkAir's four-times weekly Kuching and thrice-weekly Palembang services from 29 October and 23 November, respectively. All three services will be operated using Airbus A320s.

Scoot adds however that these planned launches are still subject to regulatory approvals.

The carrier has merged with Tigerair, and the new routes will bring expand its network to 65 destinations in 18 countries.

Data from FlightMaps Analytics shows that Scoot will compete with Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines and AirAsia X on the Osaka Kansai-Honolulu leg. It will be the only operator between Singapore and Harbin.

Scoot will compete with FireFly on Singapore-Kuantan, and with AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines on Singapore-Kuching. It will operate alongside Jetstar Asia between Singapore and Palembang.

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