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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.

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
!A330v3.png(full details)
8
8 0
A350-900
!A359.png(full details)
26 26 24
A350-900 Regional
!A359.png(full details)
15
15 13
A350-900 ULR
!A359.png(full details)
7 7 0
A380-800 v1
!A388.png(full details)
6 6 0
A380-800 v2
!A388.png(full details)
5 5 0
A380-800 v3
!A388.png(full details)
8 8 0
777-200
!B772.png(full details)
8 0 0
777-200ER
!B772.png(full details)
3 0 0
777-300
!B773.png(full details)
4 4 1
777-300ER
!B773.png(full details)
27 27 7
787-10
!B78X.png(full details)
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

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.

A seats 2
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.

!A330v3 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-STC SIN 2 Apr 20 181
9V-SSC SIN 27 Mar 20 187
9V-SSD SIN 31 Mar 20 183
9V-SSE SIN 27 Mar 20 187
9V-SSF SIN 13 Mar 20 201
9V-SSG SIN 23 Mar 20 191
9V-SSH SIN 28 Mar 20 186
9V-SSI SIN 25 Nov 19 310

9V-SSC conducted a two-hour test flight on 6th July 2020 and is therefore probably being prepared for return to lessor. The A330s are all due to leave in the next year or so and will almost certainly not operate passenger flights for the airline again.

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

Only two of SIA’s Airbus A350-900s (in 3-class long-haul configuration) are stored at Changi, or potentially undergoing maintenance, with the other 24 aircraft deployed on at least one flight in the last 14 days.

On average, each active aircraft in this fleet is currently flying six flights per week.

!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMB SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMC SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMD SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SME SIN 15 Mar 20 199
9V-SMF SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMG SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMH SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMI SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SMJ SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMK SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SML SIN 26 Sep 20 4
9V-SMM SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMN SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SMO SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMP SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMQ SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMR SIN 2 Sep 20 28
9V-SMS SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMT SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMU SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SMV SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SMW SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SMY SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SMZ SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SJA SIN 30 Sep 20 0

Airbus A350-900 Regional

In our last update there was only one Airbus A350-900 Regional aircraft in storage, but currently two are not flying, with all 13 active in the last fortnight.

On average, each active aircraft in this fleet is currently flying ten flights per week.

!A359R Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SHA SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHB SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHC SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHD SIN 26 Sep 20 4
9V-SHE SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHF SIN 24 Jul 20 68
9V-SHG SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHH SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHI SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHJ SIN 20 Aug 20 41
9V-SHK SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHL SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SHM SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHN SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SHO SIN 30 Sep 20 0

Airbus A350-900 ULR

All the airline’s 7 Airbus A350-900 ULR aircraft remain stored in Singapore, having not flown any passenger services since March 2020.

These aircraft have been conducting short functional check flights at Changi, however there appears to be no intention to return them to regular passenger service.

!A359 ULR Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SGA SIN 25 Mar 20 189
9V-SGB SIN 22 Mar 20 192
9V-SGC SIN 30 Mar 20 184
9V-SGD SIN 25 Mar 20 189
9V-SGE SIN 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SGF SIN 27 Mar 20 187
9V-SGG SIN 23 Mar 20 191

Non-stop SIA flights to and from Los Angeles continue to be operated by 3-class long-haul Airbus A350-900s, which are coping with the non-stop westbound LAX-SIN flight against the headwinds without issue, due to low payload allowing more fuel to be carried.

Fun fact: In August 2020, SIA’s A350-900s operating to and from Los Angeles had an average 16.8% load factor, equivalent to 43 passengers per flight.

Airbus A380-800

Seven of the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft are now in long-term storage at Alice Springs, with the other 12 aircraft stored at Changi.

No revenue flights with the A380s have been flown since March 2020, and they are not being used in the current schedule through 30th November 2020.

!A388 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SKF SIN 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SKG SIN 25 Mar 20 189
9V-SKH SIN 22 Mar 20 192
9V-SKI SIN 20 Mar 20 194
9V-SKJ SIN 20 Mar 20 194
9V-SKK ASP 21 Mar 20 193
9V-SKL SIN 27 Mar 20 187
9V-SKM SIN 21 Mar 20 193
9V-SKN SIN 15 Oct 19 351
9V-SKP ASP 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SKQ ASP 26 Mar 20 188
9V-SKR SIN 19 Mar 20 195
9V-SKS SIN 12 Mar 20 202
9V-SKT ASP 18 Mar 20 196
9V-SKU SIN 25 Mar 20 189
9V-SKV SIN 28 Mar 20 186
9V-SKW ASP 26 Mar 20 188
9V-SKY ASP 27 Mar 20 187
9V-SKZ ASP 30 Mar 20 184

9V-SKN has now been refitted to Version 3 cabin configuration, with the latest Suites and Business Class seats, bringing the variant to a total of eight A380s. It’s unclear whether any further aircraft will be refitted.

Boeing 777-200

SIA’s recently inherited set of seven Boeing 777-200s from NokScoot are now stored in Alice Springs, with one registered aircraft hibernating at Changi.

!B772 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SQJ SIN 10 Aug 18 782
9V-SRF ASP 30 Nov 19 305
9V-SRG ASP 1 Feb 20 242
9V-SRH ASP 23 Mar 20 191
9V-SRJ ASP 7 Jun 20 115
9V-SRL ASP 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SRP ASP 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SRQ ASP 15 Jun 20 107

Last flight and number of days shown reflects last passenger service with NokScoot in the case of SRF to SRQ. All these aircraft are for disposal.

Boeing 777-200ER

All 3 of the airline’s Boeing 777-200ERs are stored in Alice Springs, likely to be a long-term arrangement, with 9V-SVM having now left the fleet.

!B772ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SVB ASP 17 Mar 20 197
9V-SVC ASP 19 Mar 20 195
9V-SVE ASP 21 Mar 20 193

In its full-year analyst briefing, Singapore Airlines effectively wrote off the Boeing 777-200 and -200ERs, with no chance for their return to the active fleet.

Boeing 777-300

Only a single Boeing 777-300 (9V-SYJ) continues to operate occasional cargo-only flights and some passenger services to and from Surabaya.

!B773 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SYF SIN 10 Apr 20 173
9V-SYH SIN 5 May 20 148
9V-SYJ SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SYL SIN 17 Jun 20 105

Boeing 777-300ER

Only 7 of SIA’s 27 Boeing 777-300ERs were active over the last two weeks, with 20 stored at Changi, having not flown for 3-4 months in most cases.

These aircraft are now dedicated to cargo-only operation in the current schedule through 30th November 2020, having ceased passenger services in June 2020.

!B773ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SWA SIN 29 Mar 20 185
9V-SWB SIN 24 Mar 20 190
9V-SWD SIN 19 Mar 20 195
9V-SWE SIN 20 Sep 20 10
9V-SWF SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SWG SIN 30 May 20 123
9V-SWH SIN 21 Sep 20 9
9V-SWI SIN 6 May 20 147
9V-SWJ SIN 4 May 20 149
9V-SWK SIN 4 May 20 149
9V-SWL SIN 6 May 20 147
9V-SWM SIN 2 May 20 151
9V-SWN SIN 26 Sep 20 4
9V-SWO SIN 2 Apr 20 181
9V-SWP SIN 29 Mar 20 185
9V-SWQ SIN 20 Sep 20 10
9V-SWR SIN 27 Sep 20 3
9V-SWS SIN 5 Apr 20 178
9V-SWT SIN 26 Jun 20 96
9V-SWU SIN 30 Apr 20 153
9V-SWV SIN 13 Jun 20 109
9V-SWW SIN 13 Jun 20 109
9V-SWY SIN 25 Sep 20 5
9V-SWZ SIN 22 Aug 20 39
9V-SNA SIN 25 Jul 20 67
9V-SNB SIN 16 Mar 20 198
9V-SNC SIN 14 Jun 20 108

Boeing 787-10

Three of SIA’s 15 Boeing 787-10s are currently inactive, with the remainder flying a mixture of passenger and cargo-only flights.

On average, each active aircraft in this fleet is currently flying 13 flights per week.

!B78X Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SCA SIN 23 Jul 20 69
9V-SCB SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCC SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCD SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCE SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SCF SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCG SIN 29 Sep 20 1
9V-SCH SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCI SIN 24 Aug 20 37
9V-SCJ SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCK SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCL SIN 28 Sep 20 2
9V-SCM SIN 16 Sep 20 14
9V-SCN SIN 30 Sep 20 0
9V-SCO SIN 30 Sep 20 0

Alice Springs storage

29 Singapore Airlines Group aircraft are now in long-term storage at Alice Springs airport in Australia, where the hot, dry climate is far more conducive to preservation.

SQ Group at ASP (Steve Strike)
SIA Group aircraft in storage at Alice Springs include Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-200ERs. (Photo: Steve Strike)

These include SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, which have been grounded since mid-2019, and some Scoot aircraft.

SIA Group aircraft
stored in Alice Springs
Airline Aircraft Total
Singapore_Airlines Airbus A380 7
Boeing 777-200 7
Boeing 777-200ER 3
SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 6
Scoot Airbus A320 3
Boeing 787-8 3

Future aircraft deliveries

The SIA Group still has large order books with Airbus and Boeing for its fleet modernisation and replacement strategy over the next few years. These comprise:

Orders May 2020 v3
(click to enlarge)

Additionally, Scoot is taking 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft through leasing companies over the coming years.

Singapore Airlines is currently in negotiations with Airbus and Boeing to reduce its new aircraft intake, potentially spreading out this large commitment for 140 additional new aircraft across a longer time period.

“We continue to engage aircraft manufacturers to negotiate adjustments to the delivery stream of existing aircraft orders and the schedule of progress payments to reduce near-term cash outflows. We have reached an agreement with Airbus on some of these matters and discussions with Boeing are ongoing. This will help to moderate fleet growth in the near term.”

Singapore Airlines Q1 financial update

At least 12 Airbus A350s and 3 Boeing 787-10s alone were originally scheduled to join the fleet during this financial year. We wouldn’t be surprised to see those totals more than halved, given what other airlines seem to be negotiating with the manufacturers.

SQ A350 Pushback (Alan Wilson)
The bulk of new aircraft deliveries this year was scheduled to be for the Airbus A350, though far fewer are now expected to arrive than first planned. (Photo: Alan Wilson)

There’s still no official word from the airline on how its capital expenditure on new aircraft purchases has been reduced yet, but we’ll be sure to report once they do so, hopefully with some concrete fleet numbers.

Full details

As always you can see full details of each aircraft type in the Singapore Airlines fleet at the following links, including aircraft registrations specific to each configuration.

If the seat types and routes interest you more – see our Seats Guide.

Stay tuned for the next fleet (and aircraft storage) update in October 2020.

(Cover Photo: Mathieu Marquer)

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