Scoot to add 16 new Airbus A321neo planes to fleet

A Singapore Airlines Scoot plane on the tarmac at Changi Airport in October 2018.A Singapore Airlines Scoot at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines budget carrier Scoot plans to add 16 new A321neo aircraft to its fleet as the airline aims to meet a double-digit growth target by the end of fiscal year 2020-21, the carrier said in a filing to SGX Monday.

Six of the 16 aircraft are an upsize from Scoot’s current A320neo order, while 10 of the planes will be leased, Scoot said.

The A321neos, which will have Pratt & Whitney engines, will be fitted with 236 seats, 50 more than the A320neo, the filing said.

The A321neo planes are expected to bring fuel cost savings of 12 percent, compared with the A320neos and 20 percent compared with the A320ceos, according to Boeing’s data.

“With the A321neo, Scoot will be able to operate its single aisle flights with unmatched levels of efficiency, benefiting from the highest commonality of the Airbus product range,” Scoot said.

The new planes are expected to have a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint and nitrogen oxide emissions, and a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year per aircraft, the carrier said, citing manufacturer’s data.

The first aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will be used on routes within six hours, or medium-haul markets, the filing said.

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