Welcome to our March 2020 Singapore Airlines fleet update. This month a brand new Airbus A350 Regional joined the fleet, for a few hours at least. Passengers on its inaugural flight were treated to a lap of the Java Sea before landing back in Singapore 5 hours later, due to a technical problem, and the aircraft has not flown since.
In other news the damaged A330, which suffered a tail strike in Yangon late last year, is still nowhere to be seen, we learned that SIA will take delivery of at least 12 A350s in the financial year 2020/21 and a SilkAir Boeing 737-800 has stopped flying, potentially signalling the advent of flat-bed single-aisle Business Class seats in the coming months.
Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 8th March 2020.
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 8th March 2020, 123 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 29th February 2020.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 8th March 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 8th March 2020.
Differences between registered, in service and active aircraft in the table:
No longer in service (but still legally registered)
- A330-300 9V-SSA has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator unknown.
- A330-300 9V-SSB has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator is HiFly Malta.
- 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal.
- 777-200 9V-SQL has already stopped flying for disposal.
- 777-200 9V-SRM has already stopped flying for disposal.
Additional to the above, not currently active
- A330-300 9V-SSI had a landing accident in Yangon on 25th November 2019. It was ferried empty to Singapore on 14th December 2019 and remains grounded undergoing repairs.
- A350-900 Regional 9V-SHO is undergoing maintenance in Singapore.
- A380-800 v2 9V-SKN is undergoing maintenance and probably cabin refit in Singapore.
- 777-200ER 9V-SVM has stopped flying and may be for disposal.
Changes since our last update
Since February 2020 (and since the CAAS database at 31st January 2020) the following changes have been recorded:
- 9V-STQ, which stopped flying on 29th September 2019, has been de-registered. It is now registered to Air Canada as C-GKUG, but has yet to depart Paya Lebar to start flying for its new operator.
- 9V-STZ, which stopped flying on 16th November 2019, has been de-registered. It is now registered to HiFly Malta as 9H-HFE, but has yet to depart Paya Lebar to start flying for its new operator.
- The registered A330 fleet stands at 10 aircraft, with 8 in service and 7 active.
- 9V-SMK, in maintenance since early February, re-entered service to Mumbai on 14th February 2020.
- Currently 26 aircraft registered, all of which are active.
Airbus A350-900 Regional
- 9V-SHO was delivered on 22nd February 2020. It entered commercial service on 28th February 2020 to Brisbane, however due to a technical problem around 500 miles southeast of Bali the aircraft turned back to Singapore. It has not flown since and remains in maintenance.
- Currently 15 aircraft registered, 14 of which are active.
Airbus A350-900 ULR
- No changes, with 7 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SKH, in maintenance since early February, re-entered service to Auckland on 7th March 2020.
- Currently 19 aircraft registered and 18 active.
- 9V-SQM, which stopped flying on 31st December 2019, has been de-registered.
- Currently 4 aircraft registered with just 1 remaining aircraft active (9V-SQN).
- 9V-SVM stopped flying after returning from Bangkok on 29th February 2020. It is not yet known whether it is for maintenance or disposal, though with only 3 of these aircraft due in the fleet by the end of March 2020 it may well have been retired.
- Currently 4 aircraft registered with 3 active.
- No changes, with 5 aircraft registered and active.
- 9V-SWM, in maintenance since early February, re-entered service to Tokyo on 25th February 2020.
- 9V-SWW, in maintenance since mid-January, re-entered service to Hong Kong on 15th February 2020.
- Currently 27 aircraft registered, all of which are active.
- No changes, with 15 aircraft registered and active.
Upcoming fleet changes
Here’s how the current in service fleet looks in comparison to the published fleet development plan, set for the end of the current financial year on 31st March 2020.
|Aircraft Type||Passenger Fleet Totals|
|8 Mar ’20||Leaving||Joining||31 Mar ’20|
|All Types||127||– 1||126|
The fleet development plan is subject to change.
Only one remaining Boeing 777-200ER in the fleet is still set to leave this month (it looks like this might be 9V-SVM), with all other aircraft deliveries and retirements for Airbus A330s, A350s, 787s and other types now concluded for this financial year.
The new fleet development plan will be published in May 2020, and with further new deliveries of Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s starting as early as April we would expect the sole remaining Boeing 777-200 (9V-SQN) and trio of Boeing 777-200ERs to be retired soon.
Future aircraft deliveries
Singapore Airlines has the following aircraft on order, with approximate delivery dates provided where known.
|Outstanding orders as of 8th March 2020:||19|
|Plus 7 additional deliveries thereafter|
Delivery dates are estimated and therefore approximate.
As you can see there are 12 Airbus A350s due for delivery in the 2020/21 financial year, with potential for a 13th in March 2021 depending on unannounced delivery slots.
The first three of these arriving in June and July 2020 will be the Regional variant, confirmed by assigned registrations in the -SH series.
After that the variant selection has not yet been confirmed, with some aircraft likely to be in the 3-class long-haul layout (-SJ series). That may be necessary due to SIA resurrecting the Brussels route using this layout, plus more San Francisco flights switching to the 3-class model from late October 2020.