Southeast Asia’s first Embraer plane takes off with Scoot from Singapore, BA

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Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, today began operating its first Embraer E190-E2 aircraft with a launch event at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The first E190-E2 aircraft named ‘Explorer 3.0’ will take off today for its maiden flight to Krabi and Hat Yai in Thailand.

In addition to two Thai destinations, Scoot’s Embraer aircraft will fly to Koh Samui in Thailand from Singapore from May 13 and two Malaysian cities – Miri and Kuantan from May 20 and June 3 respectively. From June 5, Scoot’s E190-E2 will also fly to the city of Sibu in Central Sarawak.

This new fleet of aircraft will improve Scoot’s network connectivity and strengthen its presence in the region. The low-cost carrier has placed an order for nine Embraer aircraft, two of which have already been delivered.

The second E190-E2 aircraft has also arrived in Singapore and is in the final stages of preparations for operations. The remaining seven Embraer aircraft are expected to be delivered gradually by the end of 2025.

Regional jets such as the E2s series Embraer jets are designed for short to medium range operations. Their smaller passenger capacity makes them ideal for operating new routes to smaller but growing markets in the region, and for enabling additional flights on existing routes. This will help improve the Singapore Air Hub’s network connectivity in Southeast Asia.

Speaking at the launch event at Changi Airport, Chee Hong Tat, Minister of Transport and Second Minister of Finance of the Singapore Government, said this is also the first time an Embraer aircraft has been operated by a Singapore airline.

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“The addition of the Embraer E2s to Scoot’s fleet represents an important milestone in Changi Airport’s continued growth. By expanding our network in the region, we can better serve our travelers and meet the rapidly growing demand in the Southeast Asian market. Singaporeans will also benefit from increased travel options and service offerings,” the Minister said at the launch event.
Singapore’s aviation sector has recovered strongly since the Covid-19 pandemic. Passenger traffic at Changi Airport exceeded pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of the year. In the first quarter of 2024, Changi Airport saw 16.5 million passenger movements, reaching 101 percent of pre-pandemic 2019 levels. Speaking about the inclusion of the Embraer fleet into Scoot’s network, Scoot CEO Leslie Thng said the E190-E2 with its modern operational capabilities and fuel-efficient properties were a logical choice as the airline looked to expand its fleet and network.

“We are confident that with this new generation aircraft, we will continue to strengthen our presence in the region, improve our connectivity to non-metro destinations and provide our customers with even more memorable travel experiences,” he said.

Notably, the Embraer E190-E2 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.

“We would like to congratulate Scoot on this momentous occasion,” said Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are proud to have the modern and fuel-efficient E2 aircraft gracing the skies over Singapore and Southeast Asia and would like to thank all the stakeholders involved who have worked tirelessly to make this possible.”

Scoot currently flies to 67 destinations in 15 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. To date, Scoot has transported more than 82 million passengers with a fleet of more than 50 aircraft, including widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners and single-aise Airbus A320 aircraft.

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No long term plan for launch in India
Scoot also flies to India to six destinations namely Amritsar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Trivandrum and Vizag. When asked by ETTravelWorld about expanding into the Indian market, Thang ruled out immediate expansion but said India is an important market for Scoot and the airline could explore the possibility of operating Embraer aircraft in India in the near future. He said Scoot wants to expand to other Southeast Asian cities with the introduction of Embraer aircraft.

The airline’s Embraer destinations include four Thai cities: Krabi, Koh Samui, Hat Yai and Kuantan and two Malaysian cities of Miri and Sibu.

  • Published on May 7, 2024 at 11:51 AM IST

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