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