Scoot budget airline now flying to Honolulu via Osaka

Posted: 4 October 2017 10:41 am
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A different bridge in Osaka.

Scoot's new bridge in Osaka has a lot of potential for Aussie travellers.

Scoot is now flying all the way to Honolulu, the second long-haul destination in its repertoire (Athens was the first) and its only route to the USA. Flights are set to commence on 19 December, and will be serviced by a large twin-aisled Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The first leg is Singapore to Osaka, and the second takes it from there to Honolulu.

Prices are yet to be detailed, but when they do commence you're probably going to start seeing them among the "cheapest around" offerings from places like Flight Centre, and I Want That Flight.

Special introductory fares, available until 8 October, start at $520 for return flights from Singapore to Osaka to Honolulu. Flights from Australia to Singapore can go for under $100 each way, so these might be among the cheapest flights to Osaka and Honolulu, even from Australia.

What does it mean for you?

If Osaka is on your radar, you're probably going to start seeing Scoot's name coming up a lot more in 2018. The carrier's current fleet consists of 38 aircraft, but it has another 44 on order so there are going to be more options in future as well.

And why?

These flights start only days after Qantas begins its own direct flights from Australia to Osaka. But among budget carriers, Scoot will probably be competing mostly with Jetstar on Hawaii flights, and Jetstar plus AirAsia on Osaka flights.

This is good news for cheap flight fans, mostly because it brings a huge amount of extra competition in the budget flight price range, on two very popular routes. And cheaper flights are all down to options and competition.

Travellers will need to connect through Singapore, but that makes little difference to the total cost. Singapore is often one of the cheapest international trips for Australians, even cheaper than New Zealand, largely due to being Scoot's home base.

Based on typical sale prices, it's reasonable to assume that needing to swing by Singapore on the way typically won't add more than $100 to the cost each way. From there, it's reasonable to assume that Singapore-Osaka will be a lot cheaper than the usual Jetstar and AirAsia prices from Australia to Jetstar. Taking off from Singapore puts you that much closer, and the cost of getting there is only a fraction of the total.

Osaka is also the midway step before Honolulu, so depending on demand from Singapore, there's probably going to be plenty of opportunity for seat-filler sales. And there are a lot of seats to fill. The 787 Dreamliner is a big plane, and Scoot's giving it a busy schedule.

But if you're flying all the way to Hawaii, it's simply too long and circuitous to consistently be among the cheapest. You shouldn't rule it out though. Prices can get exceptionally low on last-minute flights with space left, even if it's a very indirect route.

Singapore - Osaka - Honolulu

FromToDeparture timeArrival timeDays of travel
SingaporeOsaka10.45am5.30pmMonday, Tuesday, Saturday

Honolulu - Osaka - Singapore

FromToDeparture timeArrival timeDays of travel
HonoluluOsaka9.35am2.00pmMonday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
OsakaSingapore3.10pm9.10pmTuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

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