The latest airline to commit to the Airbus A321neo aircraft is Singapore low-cost carrier Scoot.
The airline has placed an order for 16 of the type.
The first aircraft, named “Wings of Change”, will be delivered in the last quarter of 2020 and will be used on routes within six hours (medium-haul markets). The new fleet will enable Scoot to meet its double-digit growth plan by the end of financial year 2020/2021. Of the 16 aircraft, six are an upgrade from Scoot’s current A320neo order from Airbus, while 10 will be leased.
The A321neos, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, will be delivered from Airbus’ final assembly line. The single-aisle aircraft will be fitted with 236 seats, 50 more than that of the A320neo.
Scoot CEO Mr Lee Lik Hsin said, “The A321neos will inject growth possibilities to our network plans for 2020 and beyond, and it is indeed apt that we have named the first aircraft ‘Wings of Change’. Customers will be greeted by our brand-new cabin interiors, with seat products they are already familiar with. We hope the process of introducing this new fleet into our Scoot family will be as exciting for our customers as it is for us.”
Scoot currently operates a mixed fleet of Airbus A320ceo and neo aircraft, plus Boeing 787-8 and -9 for longer range and higher density routes.
It operates all of its flights from Singapore Changi airport where it recently announced that it will be moving to Terminal 1 from October this year.