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Full list of Singapore Airlines flights still operating in April 2020

Singapore Airlines will operate only 3% of its usual flight schedules in April 2020, but manages to retain 15 cities on the roster

SQ 777-300 Short (Kentaro Iemoto)

Note: Singapore Airlines has now released its flying schedule for May 2020.

As most of our readers will be aware, Singapore Airlines is grounding almost its entire fleet and the vast majority of its worldwide flight schedules during April 2020 as a result of the coronavirus situation, resulting in extensive border restrictions both in Singapore and across much of its global network.

The airline has been progressively releasing its revised flight schedules for this month, initially with details of flights until 11th April then later loading additional services into GDS right through to 30th of the month.

At first it was a very short list covering just five cities with around 170 flights between them, however the airline has now finalised its April flying programme adding almost as many flights again. The full list shows the group maintaining services several times a week to some key destinations like Bangkok, London and Sydney.

In total 308 Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights will be flown this month, a 97% reduction by flight volumes on the 10,700 services originally planned to be operated by the two carriers in April.

Additionally, SIA’s budget arm Scoot will operate 48 passenger services during the month, out of 4,600 initially planned, a 99% drop.

Flights still operating

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be running the following passenger flights to and from 15 cities during April 2020.

All flights not listed below are cancelled during this period, or will operate as cargo only services.

SIA Flights Operating
(1 – 30 Apr 2020)
Bangkok (BKK)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ976 SIN – BKK Mon, Fri, Sun 787 (until 6 Apr)
359 R (from 10 Apr)
SQ979 BKK – SIN Mon, Fri, Sun 787 (until 6 Apr)
359 R (from 10 Apr)
Frankfurt (FRA)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ326 SIN – FRA Wed, Fri, Sun 77W
SQ325 FRA – SIN Mon, Thu, Sat 77W
Hanoi (HAN)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ175 HAN – SIN Fri 359 R
Ho Chi Minh (SGN)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ177 SGN – SIN Mon, Thu 787 (until 9 Apr)
333 (from 13 Apr)
Jakarta (CGK)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ966 SIN – CGK Daily (ex. Tue, Sat) 359
SQ967 CGK – SIN Daily (ex. Tue, Sat) 359
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ104 SIN – KUL Mon, Wed, Fri 359 (until 10 Apr)
333 (from 13 Apr)
SQ105 KUL – SIN Mon, Wed, Fri 359 (until 10 Apr)
333 (from 13 Apr)
London (LHR)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ322 SIN – LHR Tue, Thu, Sat 359 (until 9 Apr)
77W (from 11 Apr)
SQ317 LHR – SIN Tue, Thu, Sat 359 (until 9 Apr)
77W (from 11 Apr)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ38 SIN – LAX Wed, Fri, Sun 359 (until 10 Apr)
359 ULR (from 12 Apr)
SQ37 LAX – SIN Mon, Thu, Sat 359 (until 11 Apr)
359 ULR (from 13 Apr)
Manila (MNL)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ910 SIN – MNL Mon, Fri 359 R
SQ917 MNL – SIN Mon, Fri 359 R
Seoul (ICN)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ600 SIN – ICN Wed, Sat 359 R
SQ609 ICN – SIN Wed, Sat 359 R
Shanghai (PVG)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ830 SIN – PVG Mon 787
SQ833 PVG – SIN Mon 787
Sydney (SYD)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ211 SIN – SYD Tue, Fri, Sun 77W
SQ232 SYD – SIN Mon, Wed, Sat 77W
Tokyo (NRT)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ638 SIN – NRT Wed, Fri, Sat 787 (until 11 Apr)
388v3 (from 15 Apr)
SQ637 NRT – SIN Wed, Fri, Sat 787 (until 11 Apr)
388v3 (from 15 Apr)
Zurich (ZRH)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
SQ346 SIN – ZRH Wed, Fri, Sun 77W
SQ345 ZRH – SIN Mon, Thu, Sat 77W

Note that daily SQ802/807 Beijing flights are continuing to operate during this period as belly-hold cargo only services.

SQ Map

SQ Map EURUS

There are some interesting flying patterns here, for example Los Angeles will be served by the 3-class A350 for the first time ever during early April before reverting to the A350 ULR later in the month.

On the Frankfurt and Zurich flights, the operating aircraft will actually remain on the ground in Europe for 24 hours before operating the return sector, presumably with the same set of crew, keeping overseas layovers at a minimum during the significant COVID-19 outbreak in that region.

SilkAir Flights Operating
(1 – 30 Apr 2020)
Chongqing (CKG)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
M T W T F S S
MI972 SIN – CKG 738
MI971 CKG – SIN 738

MI Map

SilkAir will only be flying four return services to Chongqing in China during April, with plans to continue operating to and from Brunei on behalf of SIA now shelved.

Scoot Flights Operating
(1 – 30 Apr 2020)
Hong Kong (HKG)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
M T W T F S S
TR980 SIN – HKG 789
TR981 HKG – SIN 789
Perth (PER)
Flight Route Days Aircraft
M T W T F S S
TR8 SIN – PER 789
TR9 PER – SIN 789
TR16 SIN – PER 789
TR17 PER – SIN 789

TR Map

Aside from Scoot’s cargo-only flights, which we understand are still operating on certain days to Nanjing and Guangzhou, the airline will operate three times weekly passenger services to Hong Kong and Perth.

This will be the group’s only presence to and from those two cities during April, for passenger services at least.

Cargo only flights

Do note that while the flights listed above are available for passenger booking, Singapore Airlines and Scoot are both conducting cargo only operations to destinations including Nanjing, Beijing, Auckland and Perth.

What it means for the fleet

In March Singapore Airlines announced that a total 185 of the group’s 196 aircraft will be grounded in April 2020, leaving only 11 operating.

The SIA schedules are complicated to work out because many overlapping services are scheduled on the same day of the week, plus for some of the Europe flights the aircraft rests overseas for 24 hours.

It’s therefore a bit difficult to calculate exactly how many aircraft the mainline carrier will have in service at any one time during the month.

What we can see from the flying programme and the proposed aircraft types currently loaded in GDS is that five aircraft types won’t be flying at all in April, as highlighted in red below.

Singapore_Airlines Singapore Airlines
Aircraft Type Routes
Airbus A330 Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur
Airbus A350 Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles
Airbus A350 Regional Bangkok, Hanoi, Manila, Seoul
Airbus A350 ULR Los Angeles
Airbus A380v1
Airbus A380v2
Airbus A380v3 Tokyo
Boeing 777-200
Boeing 777-200ER
Boeing 777-300
Boeing 777-300ER Frankfurt, London, Sydney, Zurich
Boeing 787 Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai, Tokyo

With only a single Boeing 777-200 left in the operating fleet, it’s quite possible that we’ll never see this type operating for SIA again.

The aircraft, 9V-SQN, last flew on 20th March 2020.

For SilkAir it’s a simple once per week flying programme for passenger flights, so only a single Boeing 737-800 will remain (slightly) active during the month.

SilkAir SilkAir
Aircraft Type Number Routes
Boeing 737-800 1 Chongqing
Total 1

Scoot has abandoned plans to operate some Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Jakarta flights on the A320, leaving only a pair of Boeing 787-9s to fly the Hong Kong and Perth flights.

Scoot Scoot
Aircraft Type Number Routes
Boeing 787-9 2 Hong Kong, Perth
Cargo only: Guangzhou, Nanjing
Total 2

These aircraft will also be used for cargo only operations.

May onwards

Currently Singapore Airlines shows an optimistic schedule in GDS from 1st May 2020, with routes like Sydney seeing 10 flights per week and Perth back to twice daily operation.

These plans are subject to significant further cuts based on the coronavirus situation closer to the time, so we expect a revised service reduction list for May 2020 to be announced in due course.

Summary

With additional passenger flights planned than originally loaded in the schedule for April 2020 at our last update, Singapore Airlines will retain some connections to Europe, the US and Australia after all, despite cutting overall flight volumes by 97% across the mainline carrier and full service regional subsidiary SilkAir.

Jakarta sees the most services, continuing to operate five days per week on the 3-class A350, with most other routes running between one and three times per week.

In addition to these passenger services, Singapore Airlines and Scoot are also operating belly hold cargo only flights to some other cities, including Auckland and Beijing.

It’s too early to tell at this stage how the group’s timetable will look into May 2020, though with the coronavirus situation showing little signs of improvement either in Singapore or many of the airline’s other key markets, we’re still predicting a very light schedule to extend for the weeks ahead.

Updated information on the SIA Group’s flying schedules can be found at the airline’s websites:

(Cover Photo: Kentaro Iemoto)

2 comments

  1. Singapore airlines is flying to Europe, but not to Spain, why couldn’t they put me on a flight from London or Frankfurt instead from Barcelona. SQ387 27th April was cancelled. Hope to hear from them soon, because I didn’t cancelled my ticket with them. Good luck for everyone. 🍀🇪🇦🛩🇵🇭

  2. The confirmed Flight SQ 5415 for 19 Apr 2020 from Kathmandu to Singapore seems not appear in your Apr 2020 Schedule

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