An Airbus A350 squeezed in as the sole new aircraft delivery for Singapore Airlines in the last few hours of October, with three brand new aircraft still expected to arrive this year. Meanwhile the active A330 fleet dwindled to single digits and SIA announced that two older Boeing 777-200ERs will be staying in the fleet longer than originally planned.
There were 130 registered aircraft in the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet as reported by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on 31st October 2019. Here’s how the aircraft are distributed across the fleet, which are in active service and which are set for disposal.
Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 10th November 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 10th November 2019, 120 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st October 2019.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 10th November 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 10th November 2019.
Differences between registered, in service and active aircraft in the table:
No longer in service (but still legally registered)
- A330-300 9V-STQ has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- A330-300 9V-STU has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal.
- 777-200 9V-SQL has already stopped flying for disposal.
- 777-200ER 9V-SVN has already stopped flying for disposal.
Additional to the above, not currently active
- A330-300 9V-SSA is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A330-300 9V-SSB is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v2 9V-SKN is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v2 9V-SKT is undergoing maintenance and cabin refit in Singapore.
- 777-300ER 9V-SWA is undergoing maintenance and Wi-Fi upgrade in Singapore.
Changes this month
Since October 2019 (and since the CAAS database at 30th September 2019) the following changes have been recorded:
- 9V-SSA entered routine maintenance at Changi on 2nd November after a flight from Hong Kong.
- 9V-SSB entered routine maintenance at Changi on 4th November after a flight from Bali.
- 9V-STR, which stopped flying in July, was deregistered on 18th October and is now C-GKUH with Air Canada. It departed Changi on 27th October with an Air Canada flight number to Vancouver via Tokyo, but just a day later was flown to the Arizona desert. Air Canada presumably intend to start operating it at a later date.
- 9V-STY, which stopped flying in August, was deregistered in October and is now 9H-STY with HiFly Malta. It was ferried to Malta and then on to Lisbon on 2nd November 2019.
- The registered A330 fleet stands at 13 aircraft, with 11 in service and 9 active.
- 9V-SMZ, originally expected for delivery in November, snuck in a few hours before the end of October landing into Changi at 7pm on 31st. It entered commercial service on 4th November to Kuala Lumpur.
- Currently 25 aircraft registered, all of which are active.
Airbus A350-900 Regional
- No changes, with 10 aircraft registered and active.
Airbus A350-900 ULR
- No changes, with 7 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SKF, sent for maintenance in Kuala Lumpur on 1st October, re-entered service on 19th October to Hong Kong.
- 9V-SKN entered maintenance at Changi on 16th October, following a flight from London.
- Currently 19 aircraft registered and 17 active.
- 9V-SQL stopped flying after a flight from Melbourne on 18th October. It was the final Australia / NZ flight to feature the older 2009 Regional Business Class seats.
- 9V-SRO, which stopped flying in August, was deregistered on 11th October and is now N519BC registered to Boeing Aircraft Holding Company. It departed Changi on 18th October to storage in Arizona.
- Currently 5 aircraft registered with 3 active.
- 9V-SVN, which stopped flying in September, has performed a couple of test flights, a short one on 22nd October, which was discontinued almost immediately, then a longer 2.5 hour one on 5th November. It is for disposal.
- Currently 5 aircraft registered, with 4 active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SWA entered routine maintenance and Wi-Fi system upgrading at Changi on 26th October after a flight from Shanghai.
- 9V-SWJ, in maintenance since late September, re-entered service to Sydney on 18th October.
- Currently 27 aircraft registered, with 26 active.
- No changes, with 14 aircraft registered and active.
Upcoming fleet changes
Earlier this week Singapore Airlines provided updated guidance to investors on its fleet development, retaining two additional Boeing 777-200ERs beyond March 2020 compared with the original plan announced in May 2019.
Here’s how the current in service fleet looks in comparison to the fleet development plan set for the end of the current financial year on 31st March 2020.