This month Singapore Airlines took its first new aircraft deliveries since February 2020, with not just one but four Airbus A350 Regionals winging their way from Toulouse in the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile another Airbus A330 was returned off lease and the operating schedule of revenue services occupied around half the passenger fleet, 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.
That said, a few Airbus A380s have been reactivated for the airline’s latest on-ground activities, repurposed as restaurants and accommodating around 3,500 of the airline’s fans lucky enough to secure a ticket for the events running over two weekends.
In terms of the flying fleet though, five aircraft types remained firmly out of service in October, including all Airbus A330s and Airbus A380s.
Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 25th October 2020.
|In maintenance / stored:
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 124 planes at 25th October 2020, 54 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 30th September 2020.
Singapore Airlines Fleet at 25th October 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’).
Correct at 25th October 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 at 30th September)
- A330-300 9V-SSC was deregistered in early October 2020.
- 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.
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’.
An aircraft is considered ‘active’ if it has flown at least one passenger or cargo-only flight in the last 14 days.
|SIA fleet activity timeline (2020)|
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|
Utilisation of the single Boeing 777-300 in service increased again this month, starting at just 1.5 hours per day in August to 3.6 hours per day in September and 4.2 hours per day in October, as the aircraft (9V-SYJ) added regular Bangkok flights to its regular Yangon and Surabaya schedule.
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, mostly cargo-only services to and from Beijing, generating the lowest average daily utilisation of 1.6 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, as they were in September.
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
Interestingly, despite the airline announcing reinstatement of the world’s longest passenger flight between Singapore and New York next month, the seven Airbus A350 ULRs in the fleet will remain in storage at Changi with 3-class Airbus A350s instead used for the service.