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What SIA’s fleet cuts mean for First and Business Class cabin products

Nine of Singapore Airlines' First and Business Class products have been whittled down to just five following a fleet and network review.

Over the last few months Singapore Airlines has completed a fleet and network review that, somewhat understandably given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, has resulted in confirmation that many of its older aircraft will not re-enter service even as the carrier scales up operations once border controls are relaxed and travel demand returns.

In terms of the passenger experience, this means we’ve already said what seems like a premature farewell to four seat types in the fleet, though it’s fair to say not all will be mourned.


What happened?

In early November 2020, Singapore Airlines announced significant write downs on its older aircraft as part of its half-year annual results, with 26 jets across the group not returning to the fleet after COVID-19.

These comprised:

  • 7 Airbus A380s
  • 4 Boeing 777-200 / -200ERs
  • 4 Boeing 777-300s (non-ERs)
  • 9 Airbus A320s (5 SilkAir, 4 Scoot)
  • 2 Airbus A319s (SilkAir)
Seven of SIA’s older Airbus A380 aircraft are not returning to the active fleet post-COVID. (Photo: Peter Gronemann)

In addition, the airline had already revealed in previous results announcements it would not be extending operating leases on its remaining Airbus A330-300s, the last of which is slated to be returned to its leasing company in Q3 2021, Mainly Miles understands.

In mid-November SIA confirmed to Mainly Miles that all 12 of its remaining Airbus A380s would be refitted with the newer 2017 cabin products, with only three now remaining to complete at the time of writing.