Singapore’s budget arm Scoot announced it will convert 6 A320neo orders to the A321neos, and lease up to 10 of the aircraft.
The A321neos will have a capacity of 236 in a single-class configuration – 50 more than the A320neos – and will be delivered towards the end of 2020. With a range of around 5,900 kilometers (3,697 miles), will allow the airline to operate medium haul flights within six hours from Singapore and can be deployed on routes where added capacity is needed.
When speaking about the aircraft and how it fits with Scoot’s future plans, Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin stated: “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.”
From Singapore, the airline could deploy the aircraft on flights from the city-state to South Korea, Japan, Australia, and India.
Scoot currently has a fleet of around 49 aircraft made up of mostly Airbus A320 family aircraft for short-haul, regional flights while it has 20 Boeing 787s for its long-haul operations. Its route network covers 67 destinations mostly within the Asia-Pacific region including cities in Australia, India, China, Thailand, and Indonesia.
The A321 has proven to be a popular aircraft among Asian-based carriers for European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Airlines such as Cebu Pacific and VietJet have placed orders for the jets, while AirAsia recently announced it would upgrade a previous order of over 200 Airbus A320neos to the A321neo.