SINGAPORE — Singapore's budget airline, Scoot, has clarified that none of its Airbus A320neos are grounded due to supply chain issues affecting the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine. Additionally, the company does not plan to prolong the leases for its A320ceos.

The airline's CEO, Leslie Thng, confirmed that the company isn't facing "any major issues" with its Pratt PW1100G powered A320neos and that it would continue to expand its network capacity.

"We currently have no plans to extend the leases of the A320ceos, and we still aim to retire them by the end of 2025," stated Thng during a results briefing for Scoot’s parent company, Singapore Airlines.

"We have 15 A320/A321neos, and none of them are actually grounded. We expect to receive more deliveries in the coming years," he added.

Scoot currently operates 16 A320ceos, along with 10 787-8s and 10 787-9s. It has orders for additional A320/A321neos and will begin accepting nine Embraer 190-E2s from lessor Azorra in 2024, making it the first E2 operator in Southeast Asia.

During the briefing, SIA's Executive Vice President of Operations, Mak Swee Wah, also provided some insight on SIA's reshuffling of its order book with Boeing. This included the cancellation of eight 737 MAX 8s and the swap of three 787-9s for three -10s.

"The decision is entirely network-driven," Mak explained. "The 787-10 is a larger aircraft. We are essentially increasing the seat count on certain missions. It's a perspective on how we anticipate demand will grow."

SIA operates the 737 MAX 8 and 787-10 on regional routes in the Asia-Pacific, while Scoot uses 787-9s for its longer haul destinations.

SIA CEO Goo Choon Phong further discussed Scoot’s plans to operate the E190-E2, which will be the smallest aircraft in the SIA Group’s fleet.

"We lack the right airplane for some of the markets in our region, which are rapidly developing and hold enormous potential," Goh said. "So the question is whether those markets exist, and whether we believe they are commercially viable, and in this case, we do think so.”

Thng of Scoot added that besides penetrating smaller markets that cannot accommodate an A320neo with 186 seats, the 112-seat E190-E2s will be employed to add frequencies on existing routes in Southeast Asia.