Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has become a new operator of the Airbus A321neo, following the arrival in Singapore of its first three aircraft. All three aircraft are leased from BOC Aviation.
Scoot’s A321neo aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines and seat 236 passengers in a single-class layout. The aircraft cabin is based on the Airbus Cabin Flex option which enables optimal use of space. Scoot will operate the A321neo on routes of up to six hours from Singapore.
Scoot has ordered a total of 39 aircraft from Airbus (including six A321neos) and is acquiring another 10 A321neos under lease agreements. The A320neo Family incorporates the latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets, delivering a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.
Since June 25th, passengers flying with Scoot will be able to offset their share of the flight’s carbon emissions by contributing to environmental projects in Indonesia, India, and Nepal. They will be able to do so by buying carbon offsets from dedicated microsites before or after a flight. This is part of a voluntary program launched by SIA Group. It will enable customers across the group’s passenger and cargo airlines to offset their carbon emissions.
The microsite for SIA Cargo customers will be available from next month, and corporate customers will be able to participate in the program from the fourth quarter of this year.
The carbon offset program is part of SIA Group’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
SIA’s senior vice-president for corporate planning, Lee Wen Fen, said: “Our customers now have an opportunity to offset their emissions through accredited projects that provide clear benefits to people and the planet. Matching their offsets is our way of encouraging our customers to fly carbon neutral.” For instance, a passenger on a return trip between Singapore and Hong Kong will pay $5.40 to offset 415kg of CO2 emitted from the journey.
The offsets purchased will go towards projects that reduce future emissions. They include a rainforest preservation project in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia, solar power projects in India, and projects that distribute efficient, clean-burning stoves to rural homes in Nepal.