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Singapore's Scoot counts on Pikachu Jet for recovery

Low-cost carrier increases flights to Japan and Taiwan to cover China loss

On special Pokemon-themed flights, the Pikachu character can be found everywhere. Redecorating the exterior of the plane is estimated to have cost 100 million yen. (Photo courtesy of Scoot)

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean low-cost carrier Scoot has become the first Southeast Asian airline to fly a "Pikachu Jet" to stimulate demand to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The subsidiary of Singapore Airlines also aims to attract demand with ticket giveaways and the opening of new routes. As China keeps in place its strict zero-COVID policy that has effectively banned cross-border travel, Scoot is pinning its hopes on Japan and Taiwan, which have decided to scrap travel restrictions.

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