Low Cost, Long Haul Flights Have Arrived
Consumers now have more choices when it comes booking flights with low cost carriers (LCCs). To the scorn of legacy airlines, the industry has been disrupted by LCCs as they connect new markets at lower price points. A group of innovative low cost operators not only penetrated long-haul markets, but formed their own alliance.
This group is Value Alliance. Watch our video to learn more about Value Alliance including an exclusive interview with Patee Sarasin, Chief Executive Officer at Nok Air.
The alliance is a product of Asia/Pacific based LCCs as they move forward to compete against big names such as OneWorld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. Members of this new alliance include Scoot, NokScoot, Nok Air, Vanilla, Cebu Pacific, JEJU Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Tigerair Singapore.
Customers now have the ability to purchase a journey using a combination of alliance members to reach new destinations, all in one transaction. You can explore many new destinations with the combination of short and medium-haul flights between alliance members with the long-haul markets served by Scoot.
Today, Value Alliance airlines serve over 160 destinations and more are on the way.
How Value Alliance Works
Simply put, one transaction is all it takes to fly between most city pairs served by alliance members. For example, you’ll soon be able to purchase ticket on Nok Air all the way to England. In such a scenario, you can originate nearly anywhere in Thailand with Nok Air and then connect to a flight operated by Scoot. Connections between other members airlines open up destinations in The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
In Southeast Asia, Scoot, the low cost unit of Singapore Airlines, has broken down barriers with their fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft designed for long-haul travel. Scoot is based out of Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN) while, NokScoot, another long-haul alliance carrier, is based out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).
Low Cost Doesn’t Mean No Frills
When flying airlines like Scoot, the base fare comes “unbundled.” This means you get only the additional services you pay for or need such as checked luggage or an extra carry-on. If things like assigned seating or seats with more legroom are important to you, they can be added on. The same goes for meals as well as lounge access or the privilege of being the first to board.