Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Fleet: February 2019

SQ Planes at Changi (Andrew Thomas)

Welcome to our regular monthly update of the Singapore Airlines fleet for February 2019. After a busy end to 2018, there were no new aircraft deliveries in January, however some aircraft have left service while others have returned from maintenance. An A350 Regional was also delivered in early February.

We examine how the 122 registered aircraft reported by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) are distributed across the fleet, which are in active service and which are set for disposal.

Headline numbers

Here’s how the Singapore Airlines fleet totals look at 6th February 2019.

CAAS Database: 122
For disposal: -3
Recent deliveries: +1
In Service: 120
In maintenance, or delivered but yet to enter service: -7
Active: 113

The official registered aircraft data in combination with analysis of actual flight data over the last few weeks allows us to determine the actual ‘in service’ fleet of 120 planes at 6th February 2019, 113 of which are currently active.

Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st January 2019.

Singapore Airlines Fleet at 6th February 2019

This table shows the Singapore Airlines fleet including how many of each aircraft type are legally registered (‘Registered’), available to the airline (‘In Service’) and currently operating revenue passenger flights (‘Active’).

Type
& Layout
Registered In Service Active
A330-300
30 J (2009 RJ)
255 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
19 18 17
A350-900
42 J (2013 J)
24 W (2015 W)
187 Y (2013 Y)

(full details)
21 21 20
A350-900 Regional
40 J (2018 RJ)
263 Y (2017 Y)

(full details)
3 3 2
A350-900 ULR
67 J (2013 J)
94 W (2018 W)

(full details)
7 7 6
A380-800 v1
12 R (2006 R)
60 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
333 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
6 6 6
A380-800 v2
12 R (2006 R)
86 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
245 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
8 8 7
A380-800 v3
6 R (2017 R)
78 J (2017 J)
44 W (2015 W)
343 Y (2017 Y)

(full details)
5 5 5
777-200
38 J (2009 RJ)
228 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
8 7 7
777-200ER
26 J (2006 J)
245 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
6 5 5
777-300
8 F (2006 F)
50 J (2009 RJ)
226 Y (2006 Y)

(full details)
5 5 5
777-300ER
4 F (2013 F)
48 J (2013 J)
28 W (2015 W)
184 Y (2013 Y)

(full details)
27 27 25
787-10
36 J (2018 RJ)
301 Y (2017 Y)

(full details)
8 8 8
Total 123 120 113

Correct at 6th February 2019

Differences between registered, in service and active aircraft in the table:

No longer in service (but still legally registered)

  • A330-300 9V-STT has already stopped flying for return to lessor.
  • 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal.
  • 777-200ER 9V-SVJ has already stopped flying and was ferried on 4th February for storage in the USA.

Additional to the above, not currently active

  • A330-300 9V-STU has been withdrawn from service, with unknown fate.
  • A350-900 9V-SMS suffered damage at Changi following a flight from Manchester on 28th January, and is not currently active. The rear right-side passenger door was completely torn off by a ground vehicle and the repairs are likely to take over a month.
  • A350-900 Regional 9V-SHC has been delivered but has not yet entered revenue service.
  • A350-900 ULR 9V-SGG has been delivered but has not yet entered revenue service.
  • A380-800 v2 9V-SKS is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
  • 777-300ER 9V-SWG is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
  • 777-300ER 9V-SWT is undergoing maintenance and cabin refit in Singapore.
9VSMS Door.jpg
Something missing? 9V-SMS was being prepared for a flight to San Francisco when the incident occurred. A replacement aircraft flew the flight 2 hours late. (Photo Credit: myplanestory via Instagram)

Changes this month

Since January 2019 (and since the CAAS database at 31st December 2018) the following changes have been recorded:

Airbus A330-300

  • One aircraft, 9V-STT, has been withdrawn from use and is destined for Spanish charter carrier Evelop Airlines after return from lease. It flew its last SIA service as SQ979 from Bangkok to Singapore on 30th December. It remains registered to SIA but will soon leave for Spain.
  • Another aircraft, 9V-STU, hasn’t flown since 4th January (HAN-SIN as SQ187). Its fate is unknown however the aircraft is also thought to be on a 6-year lease (like 9V-STT), suggesting it too will head back to the leasing company, with or without an onward operator.
  • The registered A330 fleet stands at 19 aircraft registered, 18 in service with 17 active.
SQ A330s 2 (Robert Frola).jpg
Two more of SIA’s A330s have left service so far this year, replaced with new arrivals including the A350 Regional. (Photo: Robert Frola)

Airbus A350-900

  • One aircraft, 9V-SMS, is out of service for door repairs.
  • The registered A350-900 fleet stands at 21, with 20 aircraft active.

Airbus A350-900 Regional

  • One aircraft, 9V-SHC, was delivered on 2nd February. This is not yet reflected in the CAAS database (at 31st January).
  • The registered A350-900 Regional fleet stands at 3, with 2 aircraft active.

Airbus A350-900ULR

  • 1 A350-900ULR delivered (but inactive) at last month’s update, 9V-SGG, has still yet to enter service. The aircraft was delivered to Singapore on 15th December, so this is unusual. While the A350ULR schedule can be flown with 6 aircraft, meaning there is almost always a permanent ‘standby’ airframe, this is rarely a dedicated aircraft. For a variety of reasons aircraft are cycled through the operating fleet (to accumulate engine hours at similar rates for one thing), suggesting a different issue with 9V-SGG.
  • The registered A350-900ULR fleet remains at 7 aircraft, with 6 active at 6th February 2019.

Airbus A380

  • One aircraft, 9V-SKQ, returned to service from routine maintenance on 22nd January flying to Beijing as SQ802.
  • Active aircraft total increases by 1 since January – 9V-SKS remains in routine maintenance in Singapore.
  • Currently 19 aircraft registered, 19 in service and 18 active.

Boeing 777-200

  • No changes, with 8 aircraft registered and 7 active.

Boeing 777-200ER

  • One aircraft, 9V-SVJ, flew its last commercial flight on 23rd December from Istanbul. It was ferried to the USA on 4th February for storage.
  • Currently 6 aircraft registered, 5 in service and 5 active.

Boeing 777-300

  • No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.

Boeing 777-300ER

  • One aircraft, 9V-SWG, entered routine maintenance in Singapore on 16th January.
  • Another jet, 9V-SWI, previously in routine maintenance and cabin refit since late October 2018, re-entered service on 22nd January to Beijing as a 4-class aircraft with 2013 seat products.
  • Currently 27 aircraft registered, 27 in service and 25 active.

Boeing 787-10

  • No changes, with 8 aircraft registered and active.

Upcoming deliveries

The operating fleet now stands almost exactly at the target point outlined in the latest SIA Analyst Briefing for the end of this financial year (31st March 2019).

SIA Fleet Development Sep18-Mar19.jpg
(Source: Singapore Airlines Analyst Briefing for HY ended 30 September 2018)
  • All planned A350 ULRs, A350 Regionals and 787-10s have now been delivered.
  • 9V-STT and -STU appear to be the two A330s planned for disposal during this period. They have already stopped flying, though we are still counting -STU in the fleet until we are sure what’s happening to it.
  • 9V-SVJ was the 777-200ER set to be retired by the end of March, it has now left Singapore for storage in the USA.

There may be a slight change to SIA’s outlined plan, as the fourth Airbus A350 Regional 9V-SHD, originally not planned for delivery this financial year, already had its first flight in Toulouse last week. Delivery usually occurs 2-3 weeks later and so the aircraft should be ready to fly to Changi this month.

It seems therefore that SIA will receive one more A350 Regional than originally planned before the end of March.

A350R Parked (Adelaide Airport)
The A350 Regional fleet is already three-strong, and may be joined by a fourth as early as this month. (Photo: Adelaide Airport)

The next analyst briefing will be in May 2019, which will reveal further details of how many new aircraft are arriving and leaving in the next financial year.

Full details

As usual you can see full details of each aircraft type in the Singapore Airlines fleet at the following links, including aircraft registrations specific to each configuration.

If the seat types and routes interest you more – see our Seats Guide.

Stay tuned for the next fleet update in early March 2019.

(Cover Photo: Andrew Thomas)

5 comments

  1. I noticed something.. SQ972 SIN-BKK (and SQ975) is showing as 772 aircraft, however the seat map is 1-2-1 configuration. Could this be regional A350? I’m confused.

    1. It’s likely to be the 787-10, or possibly the A350R. The problem with the BKK flights is that they shuffle the aircraft types around regularly so there’s no guarantees!

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