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Singapore Airlines Fleet & Storage Report: February 2021

Singapore Airlines has scaled back its active passenger aircraft total slightly to 72 in recent weeks, from 74 in January 2021, as the carrier prepares to introduce Boeing 737-800s into its fleet from March 2021. Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s continue to cover the bulk of the operating network.

Meanwhile another Airbus A330 has departed Singapore back to its lessor, dwindling the total in this (stored) fleet to just four aircraft, and there’s been an Airbus A380 ‘shuffle’ in anticipation of the next cabin refit at Changi.

Fleet totals

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 27th February 2021.

  CAAS Database: 132  
  For disposal:
-26
 
  In Service: 106  
  In maintenance / stored:
-34
 
  Active: 72  

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 27th February 2021, 72 of which are recently active.

  Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 31st January 2021.

SIA Passenger Fleet at 27th February 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
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4
0 0
A350-900
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26 26 25
A350-900 Regional
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19
19 17
A350-900 ULR
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7 7 6
A380-800 v1
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6 0 0
A380-800 v2
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4 3 0
A380-800 v3
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9 9 0
777-200
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8 0 0
777-200ER
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3 0 0
777-300
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4 0 0
777-300ER
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27 27 9
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 132 106 72

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.

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There will also a nine Boeing 737-800s and an unknown number of Boeing 737 MAX 8s joining the fleet in 2021, as the SilkAir merger enters its final stage.

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 monthly 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
Feb
2021
25 17 6 9 15 72

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 72 aircraft in February 2021.

Here’s a graphical look at the active vs. stored fleet, including the average daily utilisation per active aircraft based on the seven-day period between 15th February and 21st February 2021.

Type Active / Inactive   Average Daily Utilisation
A330-300 □□□□□ 0%
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□ 96% 12.0h
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□ 89% 7.8h
A350 ULR ■■■■■■ 86% 13.2h
A380 □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200 □□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER □□□ 0%
777-300 □□□□ 0%
777-300ER ■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 33% 2.0h
787-10 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100% 6.7h

Boeing 777-300ER activity was low at just 2 hours per active aircraft per day. These aircraft continue to mostly be deployed on cargo-only services, with some shorter 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 seven to 13 hours per day on average.

Other 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

Another Airbus A330 has departed

Following the de-registration of 9V-STC in November last year and 9V-SSD the following month, another Airbus A330 (9V-SSE) was deregistered in January 2021.

9V-SSE operated for Singapore Airlines from January 2015 to March 2020

The aircraft is now back with its lessor on the Austrian register as OE-IEK. It was ferried from Singapore to Pinal Airpark (MZJ) in Arizona for storage in mid-February.

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It’s fair to say -SSE wasn’t the luckiest A330 in the Singapore Airlines fleet over its five-year service life. It suffered an engine failure on departure out of Dhaka in February 2018, when a fan blade separated from the engine, causing it to divert to Mandalay.

In January 2020, it was struck by a catering truck, causing damage to its cargo door, requiring its complete removal and replacement.

9V-SSE had an unlucky streak over its short service life with SIA

9V-SSF will presumably be the next A330 to depart for return from lease.

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 four registered A330s in storage at Changi.

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

Airbus A380s shuffle for a refit

Earlier this week one of SIA’s Airbus A380s (9V-SKL) was flown to storage in Alice Springs, but this wasn’t a net addition to the seven superjumbos already parked there.

Shortly after it arrived, a previously stored A380 (9V-SKQ) was flown from Alice Springs to Sydney, for a short maintenance visit.

Source: FlightAware

SKQ has since been flown back to Singapore, where it will be the fifth older A380 to be refitted with the airline’s latest cabin products, SIA confirmed to Mainly Miles.

9V-SKL had been stored at Changi since its last passenger service on 27th March 2020, while 9V-SKQ had been in desert storage for a total of almost eight months, having been relocated to the Alice Springs facility on 27th June 2020.

More A380 refits have meant swapping a pair of the jets between Changi and Alice Springs. (Photo: Mike Fuchslocher / Shutterstock)

We understand the cabin refit programme for the three remaining aircraft, including 9V-SKQ, will be completed by the end of this year, bringing the fleet of A380s with the latest products to 12 – it’s future total.

Boeing 737-800s are coming

The merger of SilkAir into Singapore Airlines is set to enter its final stage next month, with nine Boeing 737-800s progressively moving across to the SIA mainline fleet, and the first three of eight confirmed routes picking up narrow-body SQ service.

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These aircraft had not been formally transferred to the Singapore Airlines Air Operator Certificate at the last CAAS registry update on 31st January 2021, however we expect them to start moving across this month.

Here are details of the nine aircraft, including the date of their final passenger flight with SilkAir.

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Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MGA SIN 20 Mar 20 343
9V-MGB SIN 23 Mar 20 340
9V-MGC SIN 9 Feb 21 17
9V-MGD SIN 3 Jan 21 54
9V-MGE SIN 24 Jan 21 33
9V-MGK SIN 18 Mar 20 345
9V-MGL SIN 15 Dec 20 73
9V-MGM SIN 19 Mar 20 344
9V-MGN SIN 20 Mar 20 343

We understand all nine aircraft have now been repainted in SIA colours.

Don’t miss our full rundown of what to expect on board these narrow-body aircraft, from food and drink to windowless seats, entertainment options and cabin crew uniforms, as they start to enter service with SIA.