Here’s our monthly roundup of what’s been happening in the Singapore Airlines fleet. August was a relatively quiet month with only two new aircraft deliveries, one of which we already covered in our last update.
An A330 that had already left service departed Singapore for its new home in Oman, with a 777-200 taking the well-trodden path to NokScoot in Thailand. Another 777-200 also stopped flying, with unconfirmed fate but likely for disposal.
Here’s the usual fleet overview. There were 130 registered aircraft in the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet as reported by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on 31st August 2019.
We take a look 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 looked on 6th September 2019.
|In maintenance, or delivered but yet to enter service:||-5|
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 6th September 2019, 120 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st August 2019.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 6th September 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’).
Correct at 6th September 2019.
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-STW has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unconfirmed, but rumoured to be Air Canada.
- 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-SRO has already stopped flying, with unknown fate.
Additional to the above, not currently active
- A330-300 9V-SSI is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v1 9V-SKJ is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v2 9V-SKT is undergoing maintenance and cabin refit in Singapore.
- 777-300ER 9V-SWR is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- 777-300ER 9V-SWS is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
Changes this month
Since August 2019 (and since the CAAS database at 31st July 2019) the following changes have been recorded:
- 9V-SSI entered routine maintenance at Changi on 28th August after a flight from Hanoi.
- 9V-STV was de-registered and flown to Muscat in all-white livery on 31st August 2019 as A4O-DZ, for Oman Air. An ‘oddball’ in the Oman Air fleet, it already started flying for them but retains the SIA seats and configuration.
- The registered A330 fleet stands at 16 aircraft, with 13 in service and 12 active.
- No changes, with 22 aircraft registered and active.
Airbus A350-900 Regional
- 9V-SHJ, delivered in early August, entered service to Kuala Lumpur on 15th August.
- The registered A350-900 Regional fleet stands at 10, with 10 active.
- No changes, with 7 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SKF, in maintenance since mid June, re-entered service to Frankfurt on 17th August, following a short test flight three days earlier.
- 9V-SKJ entered routine maintenance at Changi on 16th August after a flight from London.
- Currently 19 aircraft registered and 17 active.
- Still no sign of refit completion for 9V-SKT, the next A380 to receive the 2017 cabin products. It should be supporting the Tokyo route from 1st January 2020.
- 9V-SRO stopped flying on 11th August following a flight from Phuket. Its fate is unknown, though it’s likely for disposal.
- 9V-SRQ was de-registered and is now registered HS-XBG. The aircraft has already been flown to Bangkok and is soon entering service with NokScoot.
- Currently 6 aircraft registered with 4 active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SWS entered routine maintenance at Changi on 10th August after a flight from Melbourne.
- Currently 27 aircraft registered, with 25 active.
- 9V-SCM was delivered on 14th August and entered commercial service to Denpasar on 18th August.
- Currently 13 aircraft registered, all of which are active.
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|
|6 Sep ’19||Leaving||Joining||31 Mar ’20|
|A350-900 Regional||10||+ 5||15|
|All Types||125||– 12||+ 11||124|
The fleet development plan is subject to change.
Over the next six months or so there are still an additional 5 A330s, 3 777-200s and 4 777-200ERs set to leave the fleet, in addition to those already listed as having left service.
11 additional deliveries over the same period will comprise 4 A350-900s, 5 A350-900 Regionals and 2 787-10s to replace the above aircraft.
We had expected A350 9V-SMW to deliver in August but it still hasn’t arrived. Both it and 9V-SMY are having final test flights in Toulouse and should arrive this month.
Over the next few months we should see the following deliveries, in approximate order:
- 9V-SCN: A 787-10 (due 7th September 2019)
- 9V-SMW: A 3-class A350 (due September 2019)
- 9V-SMY: A 3-class A350 (due September 2019)
- 9V-SMZ: A 3-class A350 (due October 2019)
- 9V-SCO: A 787-10 (due approx. December