Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Fleet: June 2021

Singapore Airlines took delivery of another Airbus A350 this month, in addition to bringing home two more Boeing 737 MAXs for refit in anticipation of clearance to fly the jets again soon.

In June 2021 Singapore Airlines took delivery of another factory fresh Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft, ahead of increased flying for the type in mid-July to Manchester and Rome, while also returning another pair of Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft from desert storage for long-awaited cabin refit work.

The demise of SilkAir, which operated its final passenger flight in early May 2021, has also meant SIA taking three further Boeing 737-800s onto its books, though these will not join the operating fleet and are currently for sale.

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Overall the airline is now actively using 90 of its passenger aircraft, its highest total since COVID-19 decimated schedules, under a positive outlook with travel restrictions set to be relaxed as Singapore residents progressively become vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months.

Fleet totals

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 29th June 2021.

  CAAS Database: 150  
  Recently delivered:
Awaiting certification:
For disposal:
+1
-6
-30
 
  In Service: 115  
  In maintenance / stored:
-25
 
  Active: 90  

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 115 planes at 29th June 2021, 90 of which were recently active.

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



 


 

SIA Passenger Fleet at 29th June 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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3
0 0
A350-900
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27 27 25
A350-900 Regional
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22
22 22
A350-900 ULR
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7 7 7
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
737-800
12 9 9
737-8 MAX
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6 0 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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2 0 0
777-300ER
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27 23 12
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 151 115 90

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 and four Boeing 777-300ERs.

These have removed these from the ‘In Service’ column.

Additionally, all currently registered Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, which are awaiting re-certification, are excluded from the ‘In Service’ column for the time being.

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This reflects a future fleet of 115 aircraft, plus future near-term deliveries of Airbus A350s, Boeing 737-8 MAXs and Boeing 787-10s.

Fleet activity

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’, from April 2020 to date.

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
SIA fleet activity timeline (2021)
  A350
B738
B77W
B787
Total
LH
R
ULR
Jan
26 18 6 9 15 74
Feb
25 17 6 9 15 72
Mar
26 17 7 4 11 15 80
Apr
26 19 7 8 11 15 86
May
25 21 7 9 12 15 89
Jun
25 22 7 9 12 15 90

Almost all Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s remain in consistent use, alongside the nine recent Boeing 737-800 deliveries, while the deployment of Boeing 777-300ERs has risen to around half that fleet, now that we know only 23 of the aircraft will return to service.

Overall the airline was actively using a total of 90 aircraft in June 2021, its highest total since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Here’s a graphical look at the active vs. stored fleet.

Type Active / Inactive  
A330-300 □□□ 0%
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□□ 93%
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%
A350 ULR ■■■■■■■ 100%
A380 □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 0%
737-800 ■■■■■■■■■□□□ 75%
777-200 □□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER □□□ 0%
777-300 □□ 0%
777-300ER ■■■■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 44%
787-10 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%

 

Here’s a look at how busy each aircraft fleet has been, based on active aircraft over the seven-day period from 17th June 2021 to 23rd June 2021.

Type Total flights per week Average per active aircraft
Flights per week Daily utilisation
A350 191 8 11.5h
A350 R 252 12 9.5h
A350 ULR 30 4 10.5h
737-800 58 6 2.2h
777-300ER 144 12 8.2h
787-10 215 14 10.8h

Average fleet utilisation is similar by aircraft type compared to our May 2021 update, with the exception of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet, with each active aircraft now flying for 8 hours per day on average, up from 3 hours last month.

This is partly due to the relaunch of SQ11/12 Singapore – Tokyo – Los Angeles passenger flights using the type, which occupy 36 hours of flying time round-trip.

Airbus A350s continue to be the ‘workhorses’ in terms of daily flying hours per aircraft, though the Boeing 787s and A350 ULRs aren’t far off.

Another A350 Long Haul has been delivered

On Saturday 26th June 2021 the latest Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft, 9V-SJB, was delivered brand new from Airbus to Changi Airport, bringing the A350 Long Haul fleet to 27.

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This matches the Boeing 777-300ER’s record as the largest sub-fleet in the airline’s history with a single cabin configuration, and solidifies SIA’s position as the world’s largest Airbus A350 operator, with 56 of the type in its fleet.

SIA remains the world’s largest A350 operator, with the delivery of 9V-SJB bringing its fleet to 56 of the type. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

Only 11 more A350s are due for delivery to the airline, two between now and March 2022 and the remaining nine in subsequent years.

Specific variants for the next pair of aircraft arriving in the current financial year have not yet been revealed.

Two more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft brought home

In our last update we reported on how SilkAir’s Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft stored in Alice Springs were being transferred to the mainline carrier.

In early July two more aircraft were relocated back to Changi in preparation for their cabin refit work, ahead of recertification by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

  • 9V-MBD (ASP-SIN 4th June 2021)
  • 9V-MBE (ASP-SIN 12th June 2021)

Here’s how the MAX fleet currently looks:

SIA Boeing 737-8 MAX Fleet

Registration Age
(years)
Current
Livery
Current
Location
9V-MBA 3.6 SIN
9V-MBB 3.5 ASP
9V-MBC 3.4 SIN
9V-MBD 3.1 SIN
9V-MBE 3.0 SIN
9V-MBF 2.2 SIN

In March Singapore Airlines confirmed that its Boeing 737-8 MAX cabin refit programme had commenced, starting with its first aircraft returned from Alice Springs (9V-MBA).

According to our sources a second aircraft, 9V-MBC, has now also had its refit completed, with the others inevitably following.

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Aside from a repaint from SilkAir to SIA colours, the process also involves:

  • Installation of flat-bed Thompson Vantage Business Class seats
  • Installation of new Economy Class seats with seat-back entertainment systems
  • The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity

Here’s 9V-MBA pictured at Changi in late April sporting its new colours, with the tell-tale Wi-Fi antenna on the roof.

SIA’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8 at Changi Airport in late April 2021. (Photo: Dillon Chong)

The MAXs will eventually replace SIA’s Boeing 737-800s, for a consistent product and service offering across the narrow-body and wide-body fleets, however the type is still awaiting approval to fly again in Singapore from CAAS.

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No timescale for a reintroduction of the aircraft type in Singapore has yet been announced, but hopefully once that does happen we can look forward to a formal reveal of the new cabin products.

SIA’s Boeing 737-8 MAX Business Class product should closely resemble flydubai’s layout, with Thompson Vantage seats in store. (Image: JPA)

Airbus A330s

Three Singapore Airlines Airbus A330s remain in storage at Changi. All aircraft have ceased service, not flying revenue flights for over a year, and are for return to their respective leasing companies.

This process should finish in Q3 2021 with 9V-SSI.

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Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SSG SIN 23 Mar 20 460
9V-SSH SIN 28 Mar 20 455
9V-SSI SIN 25 Nov 19 579

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

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 18 months ago in mid-December 2019, but has not flown since.

Airbus A350s

The Airbus A350-900 long-haul fleet remained at close to full strength in June 2021, with an operating total of 25 out of 27 aircraft. 9V-SMI appears to be having routine maintenance, while 9V-SJB has been recently delivered.

!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMB SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMC SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMD SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SME SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMF SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMG SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMH SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMI SIN 23 May 21 34
9V-SMJ SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMK SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SML SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMM SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMN SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMO SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMP SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SMQ SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMR SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMS SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMT SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMU SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SMV SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMW SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SMY SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SMZ SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SJA SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SJB SIN Yet to enter service

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

9V-SJB is the 27th A350 Long Haul variant in the SIA fleet, matching the Boeing 777-300ER’s record as the largest sub-fleet in a single configuration throughout the airline’s history.

All Airbus A350-900 Regional aircraft were flying recently.

!A359R Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SHA SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SHB SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHC SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHD SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHE SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHF SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHG SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHH SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHI SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHJ SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHK SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHL SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SHM SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SHN SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHO SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHP SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SHQ SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHR SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHS SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHT SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SHU SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SHV SIN 25 Jun 21 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

All of the airline’s Airbus A350-900 ULR aircraft are in service, covering daily San Francisco and New York JFK services.

!A359 ULR Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SGA SIN 23 Jun 21 3
9V-SGB SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SGC SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-SGD SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SGE SIN 24 Jun 21 2
9V-SGF SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-SGG SIN 24 Jun 21 2

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

Airbus A380s

Seven of the airline’s Airbus A380 aircraft are currently in long-term storage at Alice Springs, with the other 12 aircraft stored at Changi, or in some cases undergoing retrofit work.

No revenue flights with the A380s have been flown since March 2020, and they are not being used in the current schedule through to late October 2021.

The aircraft type provisionally reappears in the winter 2021/22 schedules (from late October / early November 2021), though that remains TBC, since many changes are likely.

!A388 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SKF SIN 24 Mar 20 459
9V-SKG SIN 25 Mar 20 458
9V-SKH SIN 22 Mar 20 461
9V-SKI SIN 20 Mar 20 463
9V-SKJ SIN 20 Mar 20 463
9V-SKK ASP 21 Mar 20 462
9V-SKL ASP 27 Mar 20 456
9V-SKM SIN 21 Mar 20 462
9V-SKN SIN 15 Oct 19 620
9V-SKP ASP 24 Mar 20 459
9V-SKQ SIN 26 Mar 20 457
9V-SKR SIN 19 Mar 20 464
9V-SKS SIN 12 Mar 20 471
9V-SKT ASP 18 Mar 20 465
9V-SKU SIN 25 Mar 20 458
9V-SKV SIN 28 Mar 20 455
9V-SKW ASP 26 Mar 20 457
9V-SKY ASP 27 Mar 20 456
9V-SKZ ASP 30 Mar 20 453

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

SIA has confirmed 12 of its A380 aircraft will be remaining under current plans for the post-COVID recovery, all to be fitted with new cabin products before returning to service.

Boeing 737-800s

All nine Boeing 737-800s that moved across from SilkAir to Singapore Airlines remain in service with the mainline carrier.

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Additionally, three Boeing 737-800s that will not be operated by SIA have been moved across to the airline in preparation for sale. These are 9V-MGF, 9V-MGH and 9V-MGP.

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Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MGA SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-MGB SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-MGC SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-MGD SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-MGE SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-MGF SIN 2 May 21 55
9V-MGH SIN 11 Apr 21 76
9V-MGK SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-MGL SIN 26 Jun 21 0
9V-MGM SIN 25 Jun 21 1
9V-MGN SIN 20 Jun 21 6
9V-MGP SIN 20 Apr 21 67

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

SilkAir’s last passenger flight was on 6th May 2021, from Kathmandu to Singapore. Don’t miss our tribute to the regional subsidiary’s 29-year history.

Boeing 737-8 MAX

Since the May 2021 update, 9V-MBF has also been moved to the Singapore Airlines AOC as expected. All six of the ex-SilkAir 737 MAX aircraft are now part of the SIA fleet

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Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MBA SIN 11 Mar 19 838
9V-MBB ASP 11 Mar 19 838
9V-MBC SIN 10 Mar 19 839
9V-MBD SIN 12 Mar 19 837
9V-MBE SIN 11 Mar 19 838
9V-MBF SIN 11 Mar 19 838

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

9V-MBD and -MBE were both returned from Alice Springs to Singapore in June 2021, leaving only 9V-MBB to make the trip back for retrofit.

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These aircraft have not flown passenger services since early 2019, when the fleet was grounded by regulators due to safety concerns. They are in the process of being returned to Singapore for cabin refits in anticipation of clearance to fly again in the coming months.

Eight further aircraft already built by Boeing and stored in the USA will join the fleet between now and March 2022.

Boeing 777-200 / -200ER / -300s

In 2020 SIA inherited back a set of seven Boeing 777-200s it was leasing to the now-defunct NokScoot. These aircraft were all initially stored in Alice Springs, with one additional aircraft hibernating at Changi for a couple of years now, after a failed sale attempt.

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Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SQJ SIN 2 Aug 18 1059
9V-SRF ASP 30 Nov 19 574
9V-SRG ASP 1 Feb 20 511
9V-SRH ASP 23 Mar 20 460
9V-SRJ ASP 7 Jun 20 384
9V-SRL ASP 24 Mar 20 459
9V-SRP SIN 24 Mar 20 459
9V-SRQ SIN 15 Jun 20 376

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue passenger or cargo-only flight.

Both 9V-SRP and 9V-SRQ were returned from Alice Springs to Singapore in early April 2021, presumably in preparation for disposal / sale.

Last flight and number of days shown reflects most recent passenger service with NokScoot in the case of SRF to SRQ.

Meanwhile all 3 of the airline’s Boeing 777-200ERs are stored in Alice Springs, and are confirmed as for disposal.

!B772ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SVB ASP 17 Mar 20