12th August 2022 - 3 min read
Low-cost airlines Scoot has officially announced a collaboration with The Pokémon Company (TPC) to begin selling flight tickets for its very own Pokémon-themed aircraft, dubbed the Pikachu Jet. With this, Scoot – a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA) – also becomes the first ASEAN airline to join TPC’s Pokémon Air Adventures project, and to launch an exclusive livery as part of the project.
In a statement, Scoot said that its Pikachu Jet will begin flying starting from 9 September 2022, with two scheduled flights per month. At present, only two routes have been set, as detailed below:
These flight routes will be reviewed periodically, with adjustments made based on customer demands.
But that’s not all. Lucky passengers who are travelling on other routes may occasionally also have the chance to fly on the exclusive-themed aircraft, even if they did not specifically book to fly on one of the marketed routes! This is because the Pikachu Jet will be rostered on other routes as well, as part of regular airline operations. Scoot noted, however, that these happy coincidences will be subjected to operational and maintenance needs.
As for the Pikachu Jet itself, Scoot revealed that the airplane is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has the capacity to fly 375 passengers at one go. Of the total number, 35 seats are allocated for ScootPlus (Pemium Economy class) passengers, while the remaining 340 seats are for Economy class passengers. The livery, meanwhile, will feature various popular Pokémon, including Pikachu and Lapras.
“At Scoot, we are constantly pushing boundaries to bring delight and a dose of Scootitude to our customers. Through this strategic partnership with TPC and hugely popular global franchise, we seek to engage our customers with unique travel experiences, creating unforgettable moments and memories while connecting them with much-loved destinations across our network,” said the chief executive officer of Scoot, Leslie Thng.
Following this announcement, Scoot and TPC are set to host a joint event soon, where they will unveil the exclusive livery, as well details regarding the scheduled flights and inflight experience. Passengers and Pokémon enthusiasts can also anticipate the launch of collectibles that are exclusive to this partnership between Scoot and TPC (can be purchased during flight bookings on Scoot’s website and mobile app, or onboard Scoot flights).
TPC first announced the Pokémon Air Adventures (Flying Pikachu Project) in June 2021 to revitalise the aviation and tourism industry in Japan following the Covid-19 pandemic. Aside from Scoot, another airline that has also recently joined in on the project is China Airlines. Pokémon Jets, meanwhile, made their first appearances in 1998 with ANA (All Nippon Airways).
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