Scoot, the low-fare subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with lessor Azorra to add nine new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft to support its network growth.

The airline will be the first Singapore carrier to operate the E190-E2. The aircraft will have the capacity to seat 112 customers in a single economy-class configuration. They will be used on short- and medium-haul flights of up to five hours.

The Embraer jets will complement the 32 Airbus A320 family and 19 Boeing 787s already in its fleet, and serve on thinner routes to destinations out of Singapore.

“Expanding Scoot’s fleet to include nine E190-E2 aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet. The new aircraft ensures that Scoot is ready for growth by enhancing our connectivity in the region […] and will help to further strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading air hub,” said Leslie Thng, Scoot’s Chief Executive Officer.

This investment gives a nod towards the airline’s growing confidence in the demand for air travel in Asia, and will allow the airline to match capacity to demand as it grows its regional network.