NokScoot to consider A330neo

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The re-engined Airbus A330 is an aircraft NokScoot will consider, as it studies options beyond the Boeing 777-200s the carrier will lease to start operations with.

Speaking with Flightglobal in a recent interview, Scoot’s chief executive Campbell Wilson says NokScoot will make a decision on its fleet requirement “reasonably soon”.

“All the aircraft are in the mix. The A330neo has not been offered yet, so we don’t know a lot of details about it. Clearly if rumours are true, it (A330neo) deserves to be in the consideration,” says Wilson, adding that the re-engined widebody “has been mentioned” in meetings with Airbus.

The range of the aircraft, its reliability, as well as operating and cost efficiencies, are factors NokScoot will be looking out for, says Wilson.

He adds that the A330neo “is a discussion for NokScoot more so than Scoot”, since the Singapore-based operator has already committed to a sizable number of Boeing 787s.

Wilson also disclosed that NokScoot is in the process of finalising a lease agreement for 777s, since the aircraft it was intending to take from Scoot are older than 14 years, and hence non-compliant with Thai regulations.

Scoot has 20 787s on order, with the first aircraft scheduled to to arrive by end 2014.