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Singapore Airlines Fleet & Storage Report: June 2020

Parked Aircraft (SS)

This month Singapore Airlines began to ramp up its passenger flying programme for the first time since early April 2020, while at the same time continuing to increase its cargo-only operations using passenger aircraft, necessitating reactivation of a number of Airbus A350s.

Despite the increased activity, the airline seems to be reducing its use of the less efficient Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft types, though all 15 of its Boeing 787-10s remain in regular operation.

Overall, less than half the fleet remains flying, with the airline keeping 61 Airbus A350s, Boeing 777-300 / -300ERs and Boeing 787-10s active over the last few weeks. Five SIA aircraft types remain firmly out of service, including all Airbus A330s and Airbus A380s.

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Headline numbers

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 20th June 2020.

CAAS Database: 130
For disposal: -3
In Service: 127
In maintenance / stored: -66
Active: 61

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 (available to the airline) of 127 planes at 20th June 2020, 61 of which are currently active.

Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st May 2020.

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Singapore Airlines Fleet at 20th June 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 or cargo flights (‘Active’).

Type
Registered In Service Active
A330-300
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9
8 0
A350-900
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26 26 21
A350-900 Regional
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15
15 12
A350-900 ULR
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7 7 0
A380-800 v1
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6 6 0
A380-800 v2
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6 6 0
A380-800 v3
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7 7 0
777-200
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3 1 0
777-200ER
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4 4 0
777-300
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5 5 2
777-300ER
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27 27 11
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 130 127 61

Correct at 20th June 2020.

Only five aircraft types remain in service with the airline, as shown in the table below outlining the number in use at each of our monthly ‘snapshots’.

SIA fleet activity timeline
Aircraft Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020
Airbus A350 16 14 21
Airbus A350 Regional 10 9 12
Boeing 777-300 4 3 2
Boeing 777-300ER 18 18 11
Boeing 787-10 15 15 15

All 15 Boeing 787-10s are in consistent use, with Airbus A350s ramping up in June 2020, while the use of Boeing 777-300s and -300ERs is being progressively reduced.

Five aircraft types in the Singapore Airlines fleet remain in storage this month and are not currently being flown at all, which has been the case since early April 2020:

  • Airbus A330
  • Airbus A350 ULR
  • Airbus A380
  • Boeing 777-200
  • Boeing 777-200ER

Here are the differences between the registered and in service fleet totals in the table above:

No longer in service (but still legally registered)

  • A330-300 9V-SSB has already stopped flying for return to lessor. Onward operator is HiFly Malta (with registration 9H-HFF), though it currently remains registered to SIA. Following a test flight on 8th May 2020, the aircraft was flown to Frankfurt on 5th June 2020 as SQ8893, still carrying its Singapore registration.
  • 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal.
  • 777-200 9V-SRM has already stopped flying for disposal. Following two test flights on 23rd April 2020 and 12th May 2020, the aircraft was flown to Phoenix Goodyear Airport as N777BC, for storage.

Flight tests

Singapore Airlines has conducted at least six test flights on its (previously stored) Airbus A350s this month, before returning them to passenger and cargo service.

This is presumably a requirement because the aircraft in question had been disused or in storage for an extended period.

A350 Test Flights
Aircraft Ground Time Test Flight Return to Service
9V-SMC 75 days 10 Jun 2020 12 Jun 2020
to KUL
9V-SMF 83 days 16 Jun 2020 17 Jun 2020
to AKL
9V-SMI 71 days 13 Jun 2020 14 Jun 2020
to BLR
9V-SHB 82 days 11 Jun 2020 12 Jun 2020
to MEL
9V-SHC 84 days 12 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020
to MEL
9V-SHH 82 days 12 Jun 2020 17 Jun 2020
to ICN
A350R Parked (Adelaide Airport)
Airbus A350 Regional 9V-SHB is back in service this month, but only after a one-hour test flight to make sure it was still in ‘top shape’. (Photo: Adelaide Airport)

Other Airbus A350s returned to service in June without making a test flight had been on the ground for between 56 and 66 days, leading us to assume that once an aircraft has been grounded for approximately 70 days or more, a test flight is required.

If that’s the case, expect to see more of these test flights over the coming weeks and months.

SMC Test
9V-SMC’s one-hour test flight on 10th June 2020

Test flights seem to last just over one hour and involve flying the aircraft up to around 35,000ft before returning to Changi.

The flying network

June 2020 saw the first uptick for Singapore Airlines passenger services in over two months, with 10 cities added to the network for a total of 24 routes.

Services were restarted to cities including Amsterdam, Osaka, Barcelona and Melbourne.

This increase means there are now 106 weekly passenger services across the network for the rest of June and through 31st July 2020.

SQ Routemap JunJul APAC
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SQ Routemap JunJul EURUS
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There are also four SilkAir routes in June and July (an expansion from a single route previously), plus six Scoot routes (an expansion from two routes previously).

Fun fact: For every passenger flight operated by Singapore Airlines at the moment there are three cargo-only flights using passenger aircraft, covering a much wider network of cities.

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The storage report: June 2020

Here’s how the fleet activity looked on 18th June 2020, which gives us an indication of which aircraft are stored (last flew > 14 days ago), compared to those in ‘active storage’ (last flew more recently).

Last flew > 60 days ago
Last flew 14-59 days ago
Last flew < 14 days ago

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

Airbus A330-300

All the airline’s available A330 aircraft remain stored in Singapore. None have flown for well over two months.

!A330v3 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-STC SIN 2 Apr 20 78
9V-SSC SIN 27 Mar 20 84
9V-SSD SIN 31 Mar 20 80
9V-SSE SIN 27 Mar 20 84
9V-SSF SIN 13 Mar 20 98
9V-SSG SIN 23 Mar 20 88
9V-SSH SIN 28 Mar 20 83
9V-SSI SIN 25 Nov 19 207

9V-SSI has not made an appearance, even on a test flight, since sustaining tail damage during a landing accident in November 2019.

Airbus A350-900

Seven of SIA’s 3-class (long-haul) Airbus A350s have been activated since our update in May 2020, meaning there are now only five of the type stored in Singapore.

The other 21 aircraft are in ‘active storage’, continuing to fly an average of around 2 flights per week (one return service each) since the start of April 2020.

Aircraft returned to service this month are:

  • 9V-SMC
  • 9V-SMD
  • 9V-SMF
  • 9V-SMG
  • 9V-SMH
  • 9V-SMI
  • 9V-SMP
!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 25 Mar 20 86
9V-SMB SIN 29 Mar 20 82
9V-SMC SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SMD SIN 17 Jun 20 2
9V-SME SIN 25 Mar 20 86
9V-SMF SIN 17 Jun 20 2
9V-SMG SIN 15 Jun 20 4
9V-SMH SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SMI SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SMJ SIN 15 Jun 20 4
9V-SMK SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SML SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SMM SIN 20 Apr 20 60
9V-SMN SIN 24 Apr 20 56
9V-SMO SIN 9 Jun 20 10
9V-SMP SIN 18 Jun 20 1
9V-SMQ SIN 17 Jun 20 2
9V-SMR SIN 17 Jun 20 2
9V-SMS SIN 16 Jun 20 3
9V-SMT SIN 16 Jun 20 3
9V-SMU SIN 17 Jun 20 2