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Tuesday 30 July 2019

The rise and rise of Singapore's budget airline

Scoot Airlines, the budget offshoot of Singapore Airlines, has revealed plans to buy 16 Airbus A321neos to its fleet to support growth plans. 

The 16 brand-new aircraft will progressively arrive from the last quarter of 2020 and flyers can look forward to aircraft being deployed on medium-haul routes within six hours of Singapore.

The new fleet will enable Scoot to meet its double-digit growth plan by the end of financial year 2020-2021. 

Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin said: “The A321neos will inject growth possibilities to our network plans for 2020 and beyond, and it is 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.”

With the A321neo, Scoot will be able to operate its single-aisle flights with what it describes as "unmatched levels of efficiency, benefiting from the highest commonality of the Airbus product range". 

This includes shared resources in spares, tools, similar maintenance engineering, pilots and cabin crew.

Scoot has carried over 60 million passengers and now has a fleet of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 29 Airbus A320 family aircraft. 

Scoot’s network presently encompasses 67 destinations across 17 countries and territories, with nine more destinations from China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia to join the network by the second half of 2020. 

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