Thailand-based LCC NokScoot intends to add its first Boeing 737s this year, which will allow the carrier to downgauge some of its lower-demand widebody routes.

At present, NokScoot operates four Boeing 777-200s. However, the airline plans to introduce five used 737s by the end of this year, according to NokScoot head of engineering and fleet management Raymond Tan. This would represent a significant departure for NokScoot, which was established as a joint venture between Singapore’s Scoot and Thailand’s Nok Air for the purpose of operating widebodies.

NokScoot’s first 737 is expected to arrive in June, with the second in July, Tan said on the sidelines of Aviation Week’s MRO East Asia conference. The 737s will replace the 777s on routes where demand does not justify the use of the widebodies, Tan said. This will in turn allow the airline to open new markets with the 777s, and it is considering routes in Japan, South Korea and India.

The carrier also intends to add a fifth 777-200 within the next few months. NokScoot’s 777s all come from Singapore Airlines, which is the parent of Scoot.

Adrian Schofield,