Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Fleet & Storage Report: September 2020

Just 57 of Singapore Airlines' 130+ registered aircraft were flying in September

A slow but progressive increase in Singapore Airlines flights over the last few months will see the airline operating at around 11% of its usual capacity levels by the end of November 2020, with the carrier currently deploying nearly 60 of its passenger aircraft on a mixture of both regular and cargo-only flights, based on data for the last two weeks.

The airline continues to focus operation on its latest and most fuel efficient Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft types, with minimal Boeing 777 flying and other variants in either temporary or long-term storage.

As with previous updates, five aircraft types in the fleet remained firmly out of service in September, including all Airbus A330s and Airbus A380s.

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Headline numbers

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 30th September 2020.

  CAAS Database: 132  
  For disposal: -11  
  In Service: 121  
  In maintenance / stored: -64  
  Active: 57  

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 121 planes at 30th September 2020, 57 of which are currently active.

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

Singapore Airlines Fleet at 30th September 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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8
8 0
A350-900
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26 26 24
A350-900 Regional
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15
15 13
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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5 5 0
A380-800 v3
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8 8 0
777-200
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8 0 0
777-200ER
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3 0 0
777-300
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4 4 1
777-300ER
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27 27 7
787-10
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15 15 12
Total 132 121 57

Correct at 30th September 2020.

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

No longer in service (but still legally registered)

  • 777-200 9V-SQJ has already stopped flying for disposal. Stored in Singapore.
  • 777-200s 9V-SRF, -SRG, -SRH, -SRL, SRJ, SRP and SRQ are ex-NokScoot aircraft and re-joined the Singapore Airlines registered fleet in July and August 2020. They are all stored in Alice Springs and will not operate again for the airline. For eventual disposal.
  • 777-200ERs 9V-SVB, -SVC and -SVE are all stored in Alice Springs and will not operate again for the airline. For eventual disposal.

Fleet activity

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 recent fleet update ‘snapshots’.

SIA fleet activity timeline (2020)
Aircraft Apr
May
Jun
Aug
Sep
Airbus A350 16 14 21 23 24
Airbus A350 Regional 10 9 12 14 13
Boeing 777-300 4 3 2 1 1
Boeing 777-300ER 18 18 11 4 7
Boeing 787-10 15 15 15 14 12

Almost all Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s are now in consistent use, while the deployment of Boeing 777-300s and -300ERs continues to be minimal based on recent weeks.

Here’s a graphical look at the active vs. stored fleet, including the average daily utilisation of the active aircraft during the last 14 days.

Type Active / Inactive   Average Daily Utilisation
A330-300 □□□□□□□□ 0%
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□□ 92% 8.3h
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■□□ 93% 7.8h
A350 ULR □□□□□□□ 0%
A380 □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200 □□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER □□□ 0%
777-300 □□□ 25% 3.6h
777-300ER ■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 26% 1.4h
787-10 ■■■■■■■■■■■■□□□ 80% 9.1h

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Utilisation of the single Boeing 777-300 in service jumped from 1.5 hours per day to 3.6 hours per day between August and September, as the aircraft (9V-SYJ) began regular passenger Surabaya flights and at flew least one charter to Kathmandu.

The small number of active Boeing 777-300ERs continue to fly only a handful of times a week based on data from the last 14 days, generating the lowest average daily utilisation of 1.4 hours.

Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on the other hand are far busier, with the active aircraft in those fleets clocking up eight to nine hours per day on average, an increase compared to our last snapshot over two weeks in August.

All of these rates still fall short of usual daily utilisation for these aircraft however, in the order of 11-12 hours per day.

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
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Fleet disposals

After three older Boeing 777 aircraft left the fleet in the August 2020 update, things have settled a little with no permanent disposals this month.

We expect further Boeing 777-300s (non-ERs) will be on their way out in the coming months, sealing the fate of SIA’s 2006 First Class cabin product.

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The 2006 First Class seats on SIA’s Boeing 777-300s are now unlikely to return to service, with the fleet already down to four aircraft. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Fleet additions

This month there were no new aircraft deliveries, however one additional aircraft was transferred from NokScoot (9V-SRF, formerly HS-XBA). This was expected because only six of the former Thai low-cost carrier’s seven aircraft had been returned at the last update, though all seven are SIA-owned.

Here’s the latest summary of NokScoot aircraft returned to Singapore Airlines as of September 2020.

NokScoot Aircraft
returned to SIA

(September 2020)
Registration Previous Registration Age
(years)
Nok_ScootNokScoot ScootScoot
9V-SRF HS-XBA 19.6
9V-SRG HS-XBB 9V-OTF 19.5
9V-SRH HS-XBC 19.4
9V-SRJ HS-XBD 18.9
9V-SRL HS-XBE 18.3
9V-SRP HS-XBF 17.2
9V-SRQ HS-XBG 17.2

As you can see these aircraft range from 17 to nearly 20 years old (Singapore Airlines rarely keeps aircraft more than 15 years from new).

They will not return to the fleet and as such the SIA Group took a one-off charge of S$127m in Q1 of FY20/21, from write downs of these aircraft, including provisions for liquidation costs of NokScoot.

The flying network

October and November 2020 will boast the busiest passenger schedule for Singapore Airlines services since most flights were cut in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By late November 2020, 31 passenger routes will be served with over 200 weekly flights offered. The latest cities on the list include Taipei, Surabaya and Johannesburg.

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Given the frequencies on offer, this network will remain at around 11% of the airline’s usual capacity by the end of November 2020, despite almost half the airline’s usual destinations being served.

There are also six SilkAir routes by early October (Penang will be the latest), plus 20 Scoot routes, though in both cases there is some overlap with existing SIA destinations.

A large chunk of Singapore Airlines flights using passenger aircraft continue to only fly cargo (with some earmarked only to do so), necessitating an increased fleet compared to the headline ‘capacity’ percentage.

The storage report: September 2020

Here’s how SIA’s passenger fleet activity looked on 30th September 2020, which gives us an indication of which aircraft are stored (last flew 14+ days ago), compared to those either active or 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 Airbus A330 aircraft remain stored in Singapore. None have flown passenger flights for close to six months.