Taipei, Singapore-based budget airline Scoot, which has been operating in Taiwan for six years, said Thursday it has put its new Airbus A320neo aircraft into service on the Taoyuan-Singapore route.
The aircraft has been making three to four round-trip flights per week between Taoyuan and Singapore since Dec. 3, following its delivery in October, Scoot General Manager Victor Lee (???) said.
Scoot is scheduled to take delivery of another 38 A320neo aircraft over the next few years, according to Lee.
Meanwhile, the low-cost airline is still using Boeing 787s on its other Taoyuan-Singapore flights, which total 25 per week, and on the four weekly services on its Kaohsiung-Singapore route, he said.
According to the airline, it sees an average 90 percent ridership on its Taiwan flights, including those from Taoyuan to Singapore, Tokyo, Sapporo and Seoul, and from Kaohsiung to Singapore and Osaka.
“We hope to provide Taiwanese passengers with more travel options as we expand our flight network and double our fleet by around 2022,” Lee said.
He said he hopes Scoot’s more extensive flight coverage over Southeast Asia will appeal to Taiwanese, as the airline is set to take over some routes currently operated by SilkAir, then regional wing of Scoot’s parent company Singapore Airlines.
Starting in the second quarter of 2019, Scoot will also start flying new destinations such as Vientiane in Laos, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, and Lombok in Indonesia, Lee said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channels