Scoot welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Changi Airport at 9.33am yesterday, amid cheers from its first passengers on board, including the budget carrier's chief executive Campbell Wilson (centre, with his staff in Seattle) and journalists.
The special delivery flight, TZ787, was greeted by two fire trucks that blasted an arc of water as part of a water canon salute, a tradition to welcome special flights or planes to an airport.
The twin-aisle plane, nicknamed Dream Start, touched down after an 18-hour flight from Boeing's factory in Everett, north of Seattle in the United States, with a stopover in Osaka, Japan. It boasts a new-look cabin, including 375 seats touted as "more roomy".
At the welcoming ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 1, Mr Wilson said the B787 will allow Scoot to triple its fleet size, add new destinations and increase flight frequencies. Scoot's B787 maiden commercial flight is set to start on Thursday, on the Singapore-Perth route.
This article was first published on Feb 3, 2015.
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