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Singaporean Scoot airline moving to Boeing 787

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Singaporean low-cost carrier Scoot will switch entirely to Boeing 787 jetliners, reportedly making it the first airline in the world to do so, in a step to become more cost-competitive.

The Singapore Airlines group company now flies six jets in Boeing's 777 series. It will start taking delivery of 787s later this year, completing the changeover by June 2015. Scoot expects to receive 20 units of the 787 from the aircraft manufacturer by 2018.

The 787 is 20% more fuel-efficient than earlier planes. It offers fee-based online access, a rarity for budget carriers. The aircraft is also expected to boast electrical outlets at all seats, including those in economy class. Extra spacing between certain seats in Scoot's existing 777s will be offered in the 787 fleet.

Scoot flies to 13 cities in six Asian countries and regions, offering fares less than half those of major air carriers.

With visitors to Japan from Singapore increasing at a 30% annual clip, the low-cost carrier is thinking about adding flights into Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture next year in addition to the Narita-Taipei-Singapore route it began flying in October 2012.

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