The low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, Scoot, is set on fleet expansion with the latest purchase of Airbus A321neo aircraft. A total of 16 A321neos are expected to progressively arrive from the last quarter of 2020. The planes will be deployed on routes within six hours, the airline states.
Of the 16 A321neos that are to be introduced to its fleet, Scoot will convert six A320neo orders to the larger A321neo model and lease another 10 A321neo jets to support the airline’s growth plan by the end of financial year 2020/2021.
“The A321neos will inject growth possibilities to our network plans for 2020 and beyond,” CEO Lee Lik Hsin states in an official press release on July 29, 2019.
The first aircraft, named “Wings of Change”, will be delivered in the last quarter of 2020. They will be used on routes within six hours of Scoot’s base at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), serving medium-haul markets.
The jets, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, will be fitted with 236 seats, 50 more than on its A320neos, the airline states.
Scoot operates a total of 29 Airbus aircraft, all of the A320 Family of narrow-bodies (one A319ceo, 26 A320ceos, and two A320neos). According to the manufacturer’s orders and deliveries book through June 30, 2019, the low-cost long-haul carrier has a total of 37 A320neo Family planes on order.
Scoot also flies a fleet of 20 wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners (10 787-8s and 10 787-9s), Boeing’s customer log shows, with two more 787-8s on order.