SIA's Scoot Airlines set to launch in April 2012

SIA's Scoot Airlines set to launch in April 2012

Singapore Airlines' new low-cost carrier to fly to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States
Singapore Airlines' Scoot Airways set to soar come April 2012.

It won't be too long before the launch of Scoot Airlines.

According to The Straits Times, Singapore Airlines' new low-cost, long-haul carrier is slated to take off in April 2012, and is expected to fly to destinations in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe.

Exact destinations have yet to be revealed, but the new no-frills subsidiary will begin operating with one Boeing 777-200 and plans to expand to four aircraft by July.

There are longer-term plans for the airline to operate 14 of the twin-aisle aircraft by the middle of 2016.

The fleet size is much smaller than regional carrier SilkAir's, which is another SIA subsidiary. SilkAir maintains a fleet of 18 aircraft and currently flies to 34 destinations across Asia.

Scoot Airlines is expected to fit each of its B-777s with about 400 seats, and there's talk of plans to charge passengers for the use of wi-fi services.