Singapore Airlines wound up 2019 with only a handful of older Boeing 777-200s and Airbus A330s left in its fleet, as brand new Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s continued to arrive and enter service even into December.
Indeed you only have to look back a year to see there were 32 of the A330s and 777-200s in service with the airline, down to just 16 today with more set to leave in the coming months.
In other news – operational issues with some of the remaining A330s have brought the airline some headaches, but another A380 refit finally re-entered the fleet after 11 months on the ground.
A330s get no luck
If you’re an A330 in the Singapore Airlines fleet – you know your days are numbered. Only 8 will remain soon, with all of these aircraft planned to have left the carrier next year.
That hasn’t stopped this (now relatively small) fleet picking up a dose of bad luck for SIA lately.
On 25th November 2019 9V-SSI, the airline’s youngest A330, suffered a tail strike while landing in Yangon. Still undergoing repair, it hasn’t flown a passenger flight since.
The aircraft was recovered to Changi on 14th December 2019 with no passengers on board, unpressurised flying below 10,000ft for its duration – standard practice for a ferry flight with possible structural damage.
As a consequence though the flight took 4 hours 13 minutes to reach Singapore, with RGN-SIN flights flight at normal cruising altitude typically lasting only 2 hours 40 minutes.
Just two days later on 27th November 2019, 9V-SSC left Bangkok at 6.30pm but then returned to the airport due to low oil pressure in one of the engines. One of the passengers on board was Singaporean politician Amrin Amin, who posted on facebook about the incident.
The aircraft was able to return to service on 29th November 2019.
Finally on 5th January 2020, 9V-SSE was struck by a catering truck, with damage to its cargo door. It remains grounded for repairs.
We taxied past the aircraft yesterday when flying up to KL and noticed it is still missing its forward right cargo door – presumably on back order!
That leaves two of SIA’s A330s (SSE and SSI) currently out of active service, with recent days seeing some Boeing 777-200s deployed on flights like Bali to provide cover. Thankfully there is still a surplus of these older 777s to help out.
Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 14th January 2020.
|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 127 planes at 14th January 2020, 122 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st December 2019.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 14th January 2020
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 14th January 2020.
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. The aircraft performed a flight test on 7th December 2019. Onward operator is Air Canada.
- A330-300 9V-STZ flew to Paya Lebar for return to lessor on 20th November 2019. Onward operator is Hi Fly Malta.
- A330-300 9V-SSA 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.