This month Singapore Airlines has been actively operating its highest number of passenger aircraft since the COVID-19 pandemic decimated flight schedules in March 2020, with 66 of its wide body jets flying a mixture of passenger and cargo-only flights over the last two weeks.
Before we dive in to our regular monthly update and storage report, here are some key news items for the SIA fleet this month:
- The Boeing 777-300 has left service, sealing a 22-year history of SIA flying the type and winding up operation of both the 2006 First Class and 2009 Regional Business Class seats.
- Four brand new Airbus A350 Regionals delivered last month have all entered revenue service, making this sub-fleet the second largest for the airline in terms of active aircraft.
- The Airbus A350 ULR fleet, in storage since March 2020, is being brought back into action next month with at least two needed for a resumption of the Singapore – San Francisco route.
- The A380 Version 3 fleet gained an extra refit, with only three left to receive the new cabins, following confirmation that seven older aircraft will not rejoin the fleet after COVID-19.
- A Boeing 787-10 flown to the US for repairs due to a manufacturing defect has returned to Singapore and is back in service.
Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 28th November 2020.
|In maintenance / stored:
The official registered aircraft data in combination with recent retirement announcements and analysis of actual flight movements over the last few weeks allows us to determine the actual ‘in service’ fleet (available to the airline) of 106 planes at 28th November 2020, 66 of which are currently active.
Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st October 2020.
SIA Passenger Fleet at 28th November 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 28th November 2020.
Following confirmation that all the airline’s remaining Airbus A330s, Boeing 777-200s, Boeing 777-200ERs and Boeing 777-300s will not be returning to the fleet after COVID-19, in addition to seven older Airbus A380s, we have removed these from the ‘In Service’ column.
This reflects a future fleet of 106 aircraft, plus future near-term deliveries of Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s.
There will also be a number of Boeing 737-800s and potentially some Boeing 737 MAX 8s joining the fleet in 2021, as the SilkAir merger progresses.
Only four aircraft types are currently 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 777-300ERs has increased over recent weeks, with the airline actively using 66 aircraft in November 2020, it’s highest total in seven months.
Here’s a graphical look at the active vs. stored fleet, including the average daily utilisation per active aircraft based on the 7-day period between 16th November and 22nd November 2020.