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Singapore Airlines Fleet & Storage Report: January 2021

More of SIA's A350 ULRs are flying, another A330 has gone, and non-stop 13-hour Dubai-Melbourne flights joined the 787-10's flying programme in January 2021.

Singapore Airlines has kicked off 2021 by reintroducing more aircraft into service, increasing its operating fleet to 74 out of the 106 it intends to bring back into operation after COVID-19. Meanwhile another Airbus A330 has made a routine departure for a new life, and Boeing 787-10s have been setting endurance records thanks to a tennis tournament ‘down under’.

With the efficient Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s now almost permanently in use and probably a little stretched, Boeing 777-300ERs are also making a comeback on passenger flights, though their First Class cabins remain off-limits for now.

Looking forward we should also see the introduction of several ex-SilkAir Boeing 737-800s to the Singapore Airlines fleet in the coming months, plus the return of Boeing 737 MAX 8s into service, while some of the airline’s brand new Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft are stirring, suggesting upcoming wide-body aircraft deliveries.

Fleet totals

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 24th January 2021.

  CAAS Database: 133  
  For disposal:
-27
 
  In Service: 106  
  In maintenance / stored:
-32
 
  Active: 74  

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 24th January 2021, 74 of which are currently active.

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

SIA Passenger Fleet at 24th January 2021

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)
5
0 0
A350-900
!A359.png(full details)
26 26 26
A350-900 Regional
!A359.png(full details)
19
19 18
A350-900 ULR
!A359.png(full details)
7 7 6
A380-800 v1
!A388.png(full details)
6 0 0
A380-800 v2
!A388.png(full details)
4 3 0
A380-800 v3
!A388.png(full details)
9 9 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 0 0
777-300ER
!B773.png(full details)
27 27 9
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 133 106 74

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.

Fleet activity

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)
  A350
B773
B77W
B787
Total
LH
R
ULR
Apr 16 10 4 18 15 63
May 14 9 3 18 15 59
Jun 21 12 2 11 15 61
Aug 23 14 1 4 14 56
Sep 24 13 1 7 12 57
Oct 24 13 1 4 12 54
Nov 25 17 10 14 66
Dec 26 18 3 9 14 70
Jan
2021
26 18 6 9 15 74

Almost all Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s remain in consistent use, while the deployment of Boeing 777-300ERs is still at around a third of that fleet, with the airline actively using a total of 74 aircraft in January 2021, it’s highest total in nine 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 January and 22nd January 2021.

Type Active / Inactive   Average Daily Utilisation
A330-300 □□□□□ 0%
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100% 10.5h
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 95% 10.1h
A350 ULR ■■■■■■ 86% 9.8h
A380 □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200 □□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER □□□ 0%
777-300 □□□□ 0%
777-300ER ■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 33% 4.1h
787-10 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100% 8.6h

Boeing 777-300ER activity remains low at around 4 hours per aircraft per day. These aircraft continue to mostly be deployed on cargo-only services, with some passenger flights in the mix including to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh, where the First Class cabin is not sold.

Passengers on routes including Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh have benefitted from long-haul Business Class seats on SIA’s Boeing 777-300ER lately, however the small First Class cabin is not available for booking. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on the other hand are far busier, with the active aircraft in those fleets clocking up nine to ten hours per day on average.

Four aircraft types in the Singapore Airlines fleet remain in storage this month and are not currently being flown at all, which has mostly been the case since early April 2020:

  • Airbus A330
  • Airbus A380
  • Boeing 777-200
  • Boeing 777-200ER
  • Boeing 777-300

Fleet retirements

Most of our readers are now aware of the news, but in case you missed it Singapore Airlines announced the outcome of its fleet and network review in November 2020, outlining which aircraft would not be returning to service after COVID-19.

This will include all Airbus A330s, which are being returned to their lessors as planned by September this year, all Boeing 777-200, -200ERs, and -300s, and seven older Airbus A380s.

9V-SSD has departed

Following the de-registration of 9V-STC in November, another Airbus A330 (9V-SSD) has been deregistered and left the fleet in December 2020.

9V-SSD operated for Singapore Airlines from September 2014 to March 2020. (Photo: Alec Wilson)

The 6-year-old aircraft has been returned to its owner Winter Leasing of Shannon, Ireland. Registered in Austria as OE-IRE, it is now stored at San Bernadino Airport in California, USA, with no apparent onward operator.

9V-SSE should be next to depart for return from lease. The aircraft undertook a test flight on 17th January 2021, it’s first flight in nearly nine months.

The work of the A330 fleet has now been taken up by Airbus A350 Regional and Boeing 787-10 aircraft in the SIA fleet, though there are still five registered A330s in storage at Changi.

These are due for return to lessors between now and September 2021.

Long-haul tennis charters

Singapore Airlines made some use of its Boeing 787-10 fleet this month to operate charter flights from Dubai to Melbourne, carrying players and officials to the Australian Open.

The first aircraft, 9V-SCK, departed Singapore on 13th January for Dubai, then operated non-stop from Dubai to Melbourne the following evening, a flight of 13 hours and 4 minutes duration. SCK later returned to Singapore.

The following day the same SIN-DXB-MEL-SIN pattern was repeated by 9V-SCN, this time taking 13 hours and 6 minutes on the Dubai – Melbourne leg of the journey.

With the exception of the delivery of 9V-SCA in March 2018, which carried a small ‘passenger’ contingent of media and travel bloggers and took around 14 hours to reach Osaka from Charleston, SCN’s Melbourne – Dubai leg earlier this month is a new passenger-carrying endurance record for the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10.

The aircraft has a lower certified takeoff weight than others operating around the world (e.g. with United), since it is only intended to fly SIA routes up to around 10 hours when fully loaded.

The Boeing 787-10 has long legs when it’s mostly empty, like on delivery flights or lightly-loaded charters. (Photo: Paul Schmid)

The storage report: January 2021

Here’s how SIA’s passenger fleet activity looked on 23rd January 2021, 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 the last nine months.

These aircraft are being progressively returned to their leasing companies, a process expected to be completed in Q3 2021.

!A330v3 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SSE SIN 27 Mar 20 302
9V-SSF SIN 13 Mar 20 316
9V-SSG SIN 23 Mar 20 306
9V-SSH SIN 28 Mar 20 301
9V-SSI SIN 25 Nov 19 425

9V-SSE should be next to depart for return from lease. The aircraft undertook a test flight on 17th January 2021, it’s first flight in nearly nine months.

9V-SSI has yet to make a test flight appearance after sustaining tail damage during a landing incident at Yangon in November 2019. The aircraft was ferried empty to Singapore over a year ago on 14th December 2019, but has not flown since.

Airbus A350-900

The Airbus A350-900 long-haul fleet remains at full strength in January 2021, with an operating fleet of 26 and none in storage.

On average, each aircraft in this fleet is currently flying seven to eight flights per week.

!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMB SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMC SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMD SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SME SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMF SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMG SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMH SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SMI SIN 20 Jan 21 3
9V-SMJ SIN 17 Jan 21 6
9V-SMK SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SML SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMM SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SMN SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SMO SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMP SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMQ SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMR SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SMS SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMT SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMU SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SMV SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SMW SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SMY SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SMZ SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SJA SIN 23 Jan 21 0

These 3-class A350s have also made an appearance on selected Singapore – Perth flights recently, and will be a regular fixture on some Singapore – Adelaide services in February, suggesting a bit of a ‘juggling act’ with the active fleet lately.

Airbus A350-900 Regional

There remains only one Airbus A350-900 Regional aircraft in storage or maintenance (9V-SHF), meaning 18 of this variant were flying recently, each operating an average of 12 flights per week, the busiest in the fleet by flight volumes.

!A359R Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SHA SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHB SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHC SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHD SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHE SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHF SIN 24 Jul 20 183
9V-SHG SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHH SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHI SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHJ SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHK SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHL SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHM SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHN SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHO SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHP SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHQ SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SHR SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SHS SIN 23 Jan 21 0

Airbus A350-900 ULR

With three Airbus A350-900 ULR aircraft in service at our last monthly check, this has risen as expected to cover almost the entire fleet, to support daily San Francisco and New York JFK services.

!A359 ULR Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SGA SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SGB SIN 22 Mar 20 307
9V-SGC SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SGD SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SGE SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SGF SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SGG SIN 22 Jan 21 1

Only 9V-SGB has yet to reappear on a passenger 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 April 2021.

!A388 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SKF SIN 24 Mar 20 305
9V-SKG SIN 25 Mar 20 304
9V-SKH SIN 22 Mar 20 307
9V-SKI SIN 20 Mar 20 309
9V-SKJ SIN 20 Mar 20 309
9V-SKK ASP 21 Mar 20 308
9V-SKL SIN 27 Mar 20 302
9V-SKM SIN 21 Mar 20 308
9V-SKN SIN 15 Oct 19 466
9V-SKP ASP 24 Mar 20 305
9V-SKQ ASP 26 Mar 20 303
9V-SKR SIN 19 Mar 20 310
9V-SKS SIN 12 Mar 20 317
9V-SKT ASP 18 Mar 20 311
9V-SKU SIN 25 Mar 20 304
9V-SKV SIN 28 Mar 20 301
9V-SKW ASP 26 Mar 20 303
9V-SKY ASP 27 Mar 20 302
9V-SKZ ASP 30 Mar 20 299

With First Class and Suites not being sold on any Singapore Airlines flight between now and 31st October 2021, there looks to be no imminent return for the superjumbo fleet, though SIA has now confirmed 12 of the aircraft will be remaining under current plans for the post-COVID recovery, all to be fitted with new cabin products.

Boeing 777-200

In 2020 SIA inherited back a set of seven Boeing 777-200s it was leasing to NokScoot. These aircraft are now stored in Alice Springs, with one additional aircraft hibernating at Changi for a couple of years now.

!B772 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SQJ SIN 2 Aug 18 905
9V-SRF ASP 30 Nov 19 420
9V-SRG ASP 1 Feb 20 357
9V-SRH ASP 23 Mar 20 306
9V-SRJ ASP 7 Jun 20 230
9V-SRL ASP 24 Mar 20 305
9V-SRP ASP 24 Mar 20 305
9V-SRQ ASP 15 Jun 20 222

Last flight and number of days shown reflects most recent 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, and are now confirmed as for disposal.

!B772ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SVB ASP 17 Mar 20 312
9V-SVC ASP 19 Mar 20 310
9V-SVE ASP 21 Mar 20 308

Boeing 777-300

As mentioned in our November 2020 fleet update, Singapore Airlines has ceased operating its last Boeing 777-300 (9V-SYJ), with all four remaining aircraft in the fleet for disposal.

!B773 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SYF SIN 10 Apr 20 288
9V-SYH SIN 5 May 20 263
9V-SYJ SIN 29 Oct 20 86
9V-SYL SIN 17 Jun 20 220

Boeing 777-300ER

Nine of SIA’s 27 Boeing 777-300ERs were active over the last two weeks, with the other 18 stored at Changi.

With availability of Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s now fairly stretched, these older aircraft are being used for a mixture of cargo-only and passenger services, roughly as follows:

  • Cargo-only: Beijing, Shanghai, Surabaya, Tokyo, Yangon
  • Passenger: Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur

Interestingly the Boeing 777-300ER has completely taken over all passenger operations on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Kuala Lumpur flights recently, though the First Class cabin is not sold on these services.

!B773ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SWA SIN 29 Mar 20 300
9V-SWB SIN 24 Mar 20 305
9V-SWD SIN 19 Mar 20 310
9V-SWE SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SWF SIN 28 Sep 20 117
9V-SWG SIN 30 May 20 238
9V-SWH SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SWI SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SWJ SIN 4 May 20 264
9V-SWK SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SWL SIN 7 Jan 21 16
9V-SWM SIN 8 Dec 20 46
9V-SWN SIN 5 Dec 20 49
9V-SWO SIN 20 Dec 20 34
9V-SWP SIN 13 Jan 21 10
9V-SWQ SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SWR SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SWS SIN 18 Jan 21 5
9V-SWT SIN 21 Jan 21 2
9V-SWU SIN 30 Apr 20 268
9V-SWV SIN 13 Jun 20 224
9V-SWW SIN 13 Jun 20 224
9V-SWY SIN 5 Dec 20 49
9V-SWZ SIN 27 Jun 20 210
9V-SNA SIN 23 Jun 20 214
9V-SNB SIN 16 Mar 20 313
9V-SNC SIN 14 Jun 20 223

The nine active Boeing 777-300ERs in the fleet are flying only seven flights per week, in other words a round-trip every other per aircraft day on average.

Boeing 787-10

All of SIA’s 15 Boeing 787-10s are currently active, flying a mixture of passenger and cargo-only flights.

On average, each active Boeing 787-10 aircraft is currently flying 11 flights per week.

!B78X Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SCA SIN 19 Jan 21 4
9V-SCB SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCC SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCD SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCE SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCF SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCG SIN 22 Jan 21 1
9V-SCH SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCI SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCJ SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCK SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCL SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCM SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCN SIN 23 Jan 21 0
9V-SCO SIN 23 Jan 21 0

Alice Springs storage

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

That’s a recently reduced number, with the return of the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 (9V-MBA) to Changi.

That leaves five of SilkAir’s six Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets at the facility, which have been grounded since mid-2019, but are in the process of being recertified for service.

We expect them to join the Singapore Airlines fleet later this year, which should also mean new flat-bed seats in Business Class.

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 5
Scoot Airbus A320 3
Boeing 787-8 3

With five further SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft due to leave the Alice Springs storage facility in the coming months, it will be interesting to see if the SIA Group retains its parking spots at the airport, which could perhaps mean more mainline aircraft like Airbus A380s heading south for better defence against the elements.

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:

(click to enlarge)

Additionally, Scoot is taking 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft through leasing companies over the coming years, for a total of 16 such aircraft.

Last month we already noted that 9V-SHT, the airline’s next Airbus A350 Regional, had already completed its first flight in Toulouse. The aircraft has now flown a second test flight and is likely the next A350 in line for delivery at some stage.

For the first time in many months, there’s been SIA fleet activity over in Charleston, with Boeing 787-10 9V-SCQ making its first flight.

Along with 9V-SCP, which has already flown and wears ‘1,000th 787 Dreamliner’ titles, these aircraft should be delivered this year.

Due to the confidential nature of discussions with the manufacturers over revised delivery timelines, unfortunately we have no current indication of timescales for this year’s new aircraft delivery schedule. Hopefully we’ll be able to shed more light in future monthly fleet updates.

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 February 2021.

(Cover Photo: Lucas Wunderlich)

2 comments

  1. Hi Andrew. Thanks for the updates. Just want to confirm with you, under the subject “Fleet Retirements”, all A330s will leave SIA in September this year, right? You mentioned in this section next year (“This will include all Airbus A330s, which are being returned to their lessors as planned by September next year…”). 😊

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