Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot has just placed an interesting aircraft order with Embraer…
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Scoot orders nine Embraer E190-E2s
Scoot has signed a letter of intent to acquire nine Embraer E190-E2 aircraft through leasing company Azorra. The first E190-E2 is expected to join the carrier’s fleet in late 2024, with the remaining eight expected to join Scoot’s fleet in 2025.
Scoot will be the first airline in Singapore to fly the Embraer E190-E2. For those of you not familiar with the Embraer E190-E2, this is the latest generation jet of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s lineup. Scoot’s E190-E2 will have the capacity to carry 112 passengers, and the plane will be in a 2-2 layout. The plane has the range to fly 2,850 nautical miles, though Scoot is unlikely to be maxing out that range with any routes it operates.
Scoot’s fleet currently consists of nearly 60 aircraft, including Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 family aircraft. The airline operates flights across Asia and beyond.
Where will Scoot fly its Embraer E190-E2s?
It’s interesting to see a Singaporean low cost carrier go for a much smaller jet than it previously had. As Scoot explains, the plane will be used to operate thinner routes to non-metro destinations out of Singapore.
The plane might not just be used for routes with limited demand, but also for airports that don’t allow any planes currently in Scoot’s fleet. For example, Koh Samui Airport (USM) doesn’t allow any aircraft larger than Airbus A319s. As a result, Singapore Airlines and its subsidiaries haven’t been able to fly to Koh Samui since SilkAir retired its A319s.
There are some other smaller island airports in the region that could be served by the Embraer E190-E2, but not by any of Scoot’s existing planes.
I know I’m probably just dreaming here, but am I the only one who kind of wishes that Singapore Airlines would instead add these planes to its fleet? Keep in mind that Singapore Airlines merged subsidiary SilkAir into its mainline fleet, and now Singapore Airlines flies Boeing 737s (previously the airline just flew wide bodies).
If you ask me, it would be great if Singapore Airlines directly had access to many of these smaller holiday destinations from Singapore, given how well it would connect into Singapore Airlines’ long haul network. The reality is that otherwise the experience between Singapore Airlines and Scoot isn’t exactly seamless, given the totally different passenger experience offered by the two carriers.
Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot has placed an order for nine Embraer E190-E2s, which the airline will use to operate thin, regional routes within Asia. It’s cool to see this Brazilian jet coming to Singapore. Personally I’d love to see this integrated into Singapore Airlines’ fleet, so the carrier could operate routes to some regional destinations. However, this seems like the next best thing.
What do you make of Scoot’s Embraer E190-E2 order?