Welcome to our monthly #avgeek update, where we cover the latest movements and upcoming changes across the 120-strong fleet of Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft. In July we waved goodbye to three more A330s being returned to their respective leasing companies, as more brand new A350 aircraft joined the fleet.
Late July saw the return of 3-class Airbus A350s, with the delivery of 9V-SMV. A further four such aircraft will arrive over the next few months to support the new non-stop Seattle flight, plus a long-awaited switch to the A350 on the Istanbul route and no doubt some other equipment swap announcements to come.
We’ll begin with the usual fleet overview. There were 130 registered aircraft in the Singapore Airlines fleet as reported by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on 31st July 2019, plus an additional delivery since then.
Our monthly update looks at how the aircraft are distributed across the fleet, which are in active service and which are set for disposal.
Here’s how the Singapore Airlines fleet totals look at 11th August 2019.
|In maintenance, or delivered but yet to enter service:||-4|
The official registered aircraft data in combination with analysis of actual flight movements over the last few weeks allows us to determine the actual ‘in service’ fleet of 125 planes at 11th August 2019, 121 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st July 2019.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 11th August 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’).
30 J (2009 RJ)
255 Y (2006 Y)
42 J (2013 J)
24 W (2015 W)
187 Y (2013 Y)
40 J (2018 RJ)
263 Y (2017 Y)
67 J (2013 J)
94 W (2018 W)
12 R (2006 R)
60 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
333 Y (2006 Y)
12 R (2006 R)
86 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
245 Y (2006 Y)
6 R (2017 R)
78 J (2017 J)
44 W (2015 W)
343 Y (2017 Y)
38 J (2009 RJ)
228 Y (2006 Y)
26 J (2006 J)
245 Y (2006 Y)
8 F (2006 F)
50 J (2009 RJ)
226 Y (2006 Y)
4 F (2013 F)
48 J (2013 J)
28 W (2015 W)
184 Y (2013 Y)
36 J (2018 RJ)
301 Y (2017 Y)
Correct at 11th August 2019.
* Includes one aircraft delivered in early August, not reflected in the CAAS registered aircraft database.
Differences between registered, in service and active aircraft in the table:
No longer in service (but still legally registered)
- A330-300 9V-STR has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- A330-300 9V-STV has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- A330-300 9V-STW has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- A330-300 9V-STY has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal.
- 777-200 9V-SRQ has already stopped flying, onwards to NokScoot as HS-XBG.
Additional to the above, not currently active
- A350-900 Regional 9V-SHJ has been delivered but has yet to enter commercial service.
- A380-800 v1 9V-SKF is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v2 9V-SKT is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- 777-300ER 9V-SWR is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
Changes this month
Since July 2019 (and since the CAAS database at 30th June 2019) the following changes have been recorded:
- 9V-STR was withdrawn from service following a flight from Kuala Lumpur on 7th July. It has been flown to ST Engineering at Paya Lebar for de-lease preparation.
- 9V-STW was withdrawn from service following a flight from Osaka on 10th July.
- 9V-STY was withdrawn from service following a flight from Dhaka on 13th July.
- The registered A330 fleet stands at 17 aircraft, with 14 in service and active.
- 9V-SMD re-entered service after routine maintenance at Changi on 8th July, to Mumbai.
- 9V-SMV was delivered on 27th July and entered commercial service to Hong Kong on 31st July. This was the first A350-900 in standard 3-class configuration to be delivered since February 2018, and will be joined by four other aircraft in this configuration over the next few months.
- The registered A350-900 fleet stands at 22, with 22 active.
Airbus A350-900 Regional
- 9V-SHI, delivered in late June, entered commercial service to Brisbane on 5th July.
- 9V-SHJ was delivered on 10th August. It has yet to enter commercial service.
- The registered A350-900 Regional fleet stands at 10, with 9 active.
- No changes, with 7 aircraft registered and active.
- No changes, with 19 aircraft registered and 17 active.
- 9V-SRP was de-registered and is now operating for NokScoot as HS-XBF.
- 9V-SRQ, the next aircraft for NokScoot as HS-XBG, performed an air test on 5th August 2019 and will probably head to its new home in the coming weeks.
- Currently 7 aircraft registered with 5 active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SWO re-entered service after routine maintenance at Changi on 8th August, to Melbourne.
- 9V-SWP re-entered service after routine maintenance at Changi on 10th August, to Sydney.
- 9V-SWR entered routine maintenance at Changi on 2nd August after a flight from Seoul.
- Currently 27 aircraft registered, with 26 active.
- 9V-SCD, grounded since early April due to Rolls-Royce engine issues, re-entered service to Bangkok on 23rd July, following a short test flight three days earlier. This brought the operational 787-10 fleet to 12 for the first time.
- Currently 12 aircraft registered, all of which are active.
Brand new 3-class A350s are back
Late July saw the first of a brand new batch of five A350-900s in standard 3-class configuration delivered, following an 18 month gap where 7 Ultra Long Range and 10 Regional variants were instead prioritised.
These new aircraft will be used to support the non-stop Seattle flight, commencing around three weeks from now. They will also enable a long-awaited swap from the 777-200ER to the 3-class A350 on the Istanbul route from December, which will see a fifth weekly flight added from April next year.
With the airline running out of letters to assign in the -SM* registration series (SMX will not be used), this will also necessitate a return to the -SJ* markings with the final 3-class A350 delivery as 9V-SJA at the end of the year.
These -SJ* registrations were last used for the airline’s A340-300s, retired in 2003.
The rest of 2019 should see one additional 3-class A350 delivered each month until December 2019, after which the airline returns to A350 Regional variants from late 2019 / early 2020, allowing the remaining leased A330s to be completely replaced.
The 787-10 fleet is at full strength
Last month brought news that only one of SIA’s 787-10s remained out of service following the Rolls-Royce engine issues, which began in late March / early April 2019.
This month we’re happy to report that all 12 such aircraft in the fleet are now operating. A 13th aircraft, 9V-SCM, is due to arrive next week with another pair of these planes arriving in September and December 2019 respectively.
Confidence in the fleet still appears strong, with the airline confirming in the last few weeks that the Perth route will shift to 100% new Regional Business Class, thanks to a daily 787-10 taking over from the final A330 operating on that city pair.
Upcoming fleet changes
Here’s how the current in service fleet looks in comparison to the fleet development plan for the end of the current financial year on 31st March 2020.
|Aircraft Type||Passenger Fleet Totals|
|11 Aug ’19||Leaving||Joining||31 Mar ’20|
|A350-900 Regional||10||+ 5||15|
|All Types||125||– 13||+ 12||124|
The fleet development plan is subject to change.
Over the next 7 months there are still an additional 5 A330s, 4 777-200s and 4 777-200ERs set to leave the fleet, in addition to those already listed as having left service.
12 additional deliveries over the same period will comprise 4 A350-900s, 5 A350-900 Regionals and 3 787-10s to replace the above aircraft.
Three A330s were withdrawn from service in July, bringing the inactive but still registered total to 4 out of 17.
9V-STU was due to be leaving after a short 3-month lease extension but is still hanging around for now.
There are still five more A330s leaving between now and the end of March 2020 with registrations yet to be announced (probably the rest of the older ST series, and one of the SS series, though that’s purely a guess on our part – it will depend on individual lease agreements).
We weren’t expecting 9V-SMV, the newest 3-class A350, to deliver in July but it crept in on 27th of last month. 9V-SHJ was next as expected, arriving on 10th August.
There are still four more ‘standard’ configuration 3-class A350 aircraft due this year:
- 9V-SMW (due August 2019)
- 9V-SMY (due September 2019)
- 9V-SMZ (due late 2019)
- 9V-SJA (due late 2019)
Then finally we’ll see five more A350 Regionals before the financial year is through, likely in early 2020:
- Unassigned (probably 9V-SHO)
No additional A350 ULR aircraft are currently planned to join the fleet.
A total of 8 777-200 series aircraft (4 777-200s and 4 777-200ERs) are still set to leave the fleet between now and the end of March 2020, in addition to the two already withdrawn from service and listed for removal.
Still no word on the planned retirement dates for these aircraft, but with four new deliveries due for the rest of August and September 2019 we’ll surely see some of the 777-200 series aircraft join the A330s on the way out in the months to come.
Only three more 787-10 aircraft are listed to arrive for the remainder of the financial year.
- 9V-SCM (due 13th-14th August 2019)
- 9V-SCN (due mid September 2019)
- 9V-SCO (due approx. December 2019)
Like the new A350s, these will continue to replace 777-200, 777-200ER and A330 aircraft leaving the fleet.
August 2019 and September 2019 deliveries
To summarise, over the next two months we should see the following deliveries, in approximate order:
- 9V-SCM: A 787-10
- 9V-SMW: A 3-class A350
- 9V-SCN: A 787-10
- 9V-SMY: A 3-class A350
As always 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.
- Airbus A330
- Airbus A350 (3 versions)
- Airbus A380 (3 versions)
- Boeing 777-200 (2 versions)
- Boeing 777-200ER
- Boeing 777-300
- Boeing 777-300ER
- Boeing 787-10
If the seat types and routes interest you more – see our Seats Guide.
With the latest 2017 cabin products rolling out on more routes including Tokyo and Mumbai, do also check out our 2017 Suites and Business Class Tracker page for all the latest updates.
We also list the planned seat types for every Singapore Airlines service by flight number, so you can choose your next trip with confidence. It’s currently up to date through to the end of March 2020:
Stay tuned for the next fleet update in early September 2019.
(Cover Photo: Singapore Airlines)