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Singapore Airlines to launch low-cost Scoot in April 2012

Reports from Singapore suggest flag-carrier Singapore Airlines will launch its highly anticipated low-cost carrier in April next year.

Straits Times reports the carrier will be called Scoot Airlines and will wow guests with in-flight wi-fi as well as a host of other attractions.

The English-language newspaper went on to explain the airline will start off with just one Boeing 777-200 before increasing its fleet to four aircraft within three months.

Ambitious plans will then see the carrier expand to 14 planes by mid-2016.

Departures to Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are all being considered.

The subsidiary will be wholly-owned but independently managed, with the budget carrier using wide-bodied, double-aisle aircraft.

SIA already has a short-haul, full-service unit called SilkAir, which travels to tourist destinations in Asia and has a stake in troubled Asian budget carrier Tiger Airways.