Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot has will grow its fleet with nine leased Embraer E190-E2 aircraft to support its network growth strategy. The airline signed a Letter of Intent with lessor Azorra and will be the first Embraers for the SIA Group.
Scoot expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in 2024, with the other eight to be progressively introduced by the end of 2025. The airline will deploy the E190-E2s on short- and medium-haul flights of up to five hours. It operates an Airbus fleet now on these routes, but SIA says that the smaller aircraft will help to bolster its network and support the increased demand for air travel.
Deliveries below target
Embraer reported deliveries of 57 commercial aircraft in 2022, up from 48 in 2021. But the number is below the target of 60-70 that the Brazilians set. Deliveries include 35 E175s, 18 E195-E2s, three E190s, and one E190-E2. Q4 deliveries were 30 aircraft. Executive Jet deliveries totaled 102 in 2022, up from 93. The most popular was the Phenom 300, with 59 deliveries.
Through the end of Q3, Embraer had only delivered a combined 79 commercial and excutive jets, so it more than doubled deliveries in the final quarter with eighty aircraft. The 159 deliveries compare favorably to 141 in 2021 and 130 in 2020 but are still below 198 in 2019 and 181 in 2018.
Embraer has now 291 E-jets in the backlog, of which 194 are E195-E2s and 90 E175s. As of December 31, there were only seven E190-E2s in the backlog, but Azorra has the flexibility in its January 2022 order for twenty E2s to switch between the larger and the smaller model. In December, Madagascar Airlines leased three E190-E2s from Azorra. Royal Jordanian signed a Letter of Intent last year to acquire both versions of the E2 but hasn’t confirmed the order yet.
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