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Monday, December 16, 2013

Scoot and Nok Air to form new LCC NokScoot

Nok Airlines Public Co Ltd (“Nok Air”) and Scoot Pte Ltd (“Scoot”) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a new low-cost airline to be based in Bangkok.

The new airline will be named NokScoot and will be based at Don Mueang International Airport. It will operate wide body aircraft on medium and long-haul international routes.

Nok will have up to 51% and Scoot will have 49%. The initial investment will be THB2 billion(about SGD80 million).

“We are excited at the prospect of expanding Nok’s presence overseas, and to be doing so with the assistance of Scoot. It has always been Nok’s goal to offer Thais more choice and more value, of which this venture is yet another example. We’re also excited at the opportunity to encourage more inbound tourists, to boost the Thai economy,” said Nok Air CEO, Patee Sarasin.

Added Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson: “Thailand is Asia’s premier tourist destination and logical hub for Scoot to expand to. We at Scoot are very pleased to be working with Nok, an established and respected Thai low-cost airline, on the establishment of NokScoot. In supporting Nok with Scoot’s experience in medium-haul widebody operations, we look forward to developing a new market segment and offering Thai consumers and travellers to Thailand more travel options.”

The establishment of the new airline is subject to regulatory approvals. Details about its fleet, products and route network will be announced at a later date.

Nok Air B737 in eye-catching livery

About Nok Air

Nok Airlines was first established on 10th February, 2004 and became a listed company in the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 20th June, 2013. Nok Airlines Public Company Limited operates as a low-cost carrier under the brand “Nok Air” providing domestic and international air transport services using narrowbody jet and turboprop aircraft. The Company is considered as a leading domestic low-cost carrier with the most domestic coverage in Thailand currently offering flights to 24 provinces nationwide. The airline focuses to differentiate itself from other low-cost carriers using the slogan "We Fly Smiles", offering free seat assignment, free snack on board, and 15 kilograms checked baggage.

Scoot B777, initially drawn from the parent SIA fleet

About Scoot

Scoot™ operates medium and long-haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth. Operating a fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft, Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at Flyscoot.com or contact our call centre.

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