SINGAPORE (June 20): Scoot, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), today announced its inaugural flight to Athens, Greece, this morning.

Apart from being the sole carrier to fly non-stop between Singapore and Athens, the maiden long-haul flight also marks Scoot’s first to a European destination.

Landing took place at the Athens International Airport (AIA) at about 1.45pm Singapore time, which was met with an “enthusiastic reception” with a water cannon salute at AIA and a Greek Moussaka Party, says Scoot in a press release on Tuesday.

The new 11.5-hour flight route will be operated on Scoot’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner named Mous-Scoot-Ka – which is named after the Greek baked dish, Moussaka, to commemorate the new milestone.

It takes off from Singapore every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Scoot is currently the only airline and low-cost carrier offering direct flight between Southeast Asia and Greece via a direct flight between Singapore and Athens,” says Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Scoot.

“With our debut into long-haul operations, Scoot is planning to launch five more new destinations in the next year, including one long-haul destination and four new short to mid-haul routes. This will open up new travel options for Asian travellers as well as European ones now with the start of our Singapore – Athens service,” he adds.

“The introduction of Athens marks the beginning of a new chapter for Scoot.  We have much more in store for our guests, and are looking forward to unveiling these plans in the months to come.”

Shares of SIA closed 2 cents lower at $9.97 on Tuesday.