Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Fleet: July 2021

SIA's next Boeing 787-10 delivery looks to be imminent, following a 20-month gap since the last new Dreamliner arrived.

What else is new in the fleet this month? Check out our latest rundown.

This month Singapore Airlines handed back another Airbus A330 to its leasing company, brought its last Boeing 737 MAX out of storage in Australia, and test flew a repaired plane for the first time since it sustained damage 20 months ago.

Meanwhile there are signs in Charleston that the next Boeing 787-10 is being prepared for delivery, and overall the airline is now actively flying 95 of its aircraft, its highest total since COVID-19 decimated schedules.

With at least some border relaxations promised in the coming months as Singapore residents progressively become vaccinated against COVID-19, there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel for some quarantine-free discretionary and leisure travel.

That’s good news for the aircraft still in storage, which could be making their way back to the skies soon, including the flagship superjumbos.

Fleet totals

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 31st July 2021.

  CAAS Database: 154  
  Awaiting certification:
For disposal:
-6
-33
 
  In Service: 115  
  In maintenance / stored:
-20
 
  Active: 95  

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 31st July 2021, 95 of which were recently active.

  Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 30th June 2021.

SIA Passenger Fleet at 31st July 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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2
0 0
A350-900
!A359.png
27 27 27
A350-900 Regional
!A359.png
22
22 22
A350-900 ULR
!A359.png
7 7 7
A380-800 v1
!A388.png
6 0 0
A380-800 v2
!A388.png
4 3 0
A380-800 v3
!A388.png
9 9 0
737-800
16
9 9
737-8 MAX
6 0 0
777-200
!B772.png
8 0 0
777-200ER
!B772.png
3 0 0
777-300
!B773.png
2 0 0
777-300ER
!B773.png
27 23 15
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 154 115 95

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, four Boeing 777-300ERs and seven Boeing 737-800s.

These are therefore excluded 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.

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
Jul
27 22 7 9 15 15 95

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

Type Active / Inactive  
A330-300 □□ 0%
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%
A350 ULR ■■■■■■■ 100%
A380 □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ 0%
737-800 ■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□ 56%
777-200 □□□□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER □□□ 0%
777-300 □□ 0%
777-300ER ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□□□ 55%
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 21st July 2021 to 27th July 2021.

Type Total flights per week Average per active aircraft
Flights per week Daily utilisation
A350 235 9 12.1h
A350 R 299 14 10.8h
A350 ULR 29 4 10.2h
737-800 93 10 3.2h
777-300ER 101 7 6.0h
787-10 214 14 10.7h

Average fleet utilisation is similar by aircraft type compared to our June 2021 update. Long-Haul Airbus A350s continue to be the ‘workhorses’ in terms of daily flying hours per aircraft, though the other A350s and Boeing 787s aren’t far off.

July 2021 fleet movements

Here’s a summary of the notable movements we’ve seen in the fleet this month:

  • Airbus A350 9V-SJB entered revenue service on 4th July as SQ708 from Singapore to Bangkok.
  • Airbus A330 9V-SSI made its first test flight in over 18 months, following repairs to its tail area caused during a landing incident at Yangon in November 2019.
  • Airbus A330 9V-SSG has been returned to its lessor and was flown to Alice Springs on 15th July for storage, with no known onward operator.
  • Boeing 737-8 MAX 9V-MBB, the final example of the type still stored at Alice Springs, was returned to Changi on 15th July.
  • Four more Boeing 737-800s were transferred to SIA from SilkAir, but they will not enter revenue service and instead will be sold.
  • Airbus A380 9V-SKW was flown from Alice Springs to Sydney on 29th July, then back to Singapore following maintenance on 30th July.

Airbus A330s

Airbus A330 9V-SSG was de-registered and returned to its lessor, Ireland’s Fly Leasing, earlier this month. The aircraft was re-registered in Bermuda as VP-BUW and flown from Singapore to Alice Springs on 15th July 2021, where it is now in storage.

There are now only two Airbus A330s in the registered fleet, 9V-SSH and 9V-SSI, due for return to their lessors in approximately Aug/Sep and Sep/Oct respectively, at the end of their six-year lease periods.

!A330v3 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SSH SIN 28 Mar 20 490
9V-SSI SIN 25 Nov 19 614

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

9V-SSI finally made an appearance this month, over a year and a half after sustaining tail damage during a landing incident in Yangon. The repair work was clearly evident when the aircraft took its one-hour test flight on 12th July.

Extensive repairs to 9V-SSI’s tail were apparent when it made its first flight in over 18 months. (Photo: B K Tan)

Airbus A350s

The Airbus A350-900 long-haul fleet was fully active in July 2021, with all 27 aircraft flying revenue services over the last two weeks.

!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMB SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMC SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMD SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SME SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMF SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMG SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMH SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SMI SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMJ SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMK SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SML SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMM SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMN SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMO SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMP SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMQ SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMR SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SMS SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMT SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMU SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SMV SIN 22 Jul 21 9
9V-SMW SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMY SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SMZ SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SJA SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SJB SIN 30 Jul 21 1

‘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, entering service on 4th July following delivery in late June.

All Airbus A350-900 Regional aircraft were flying recently.

!A359R Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SHA SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHB SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHC SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHD SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHE SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHF SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SHG SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SHH SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHI SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHJ SIN 19 Jul 21 12
9V-SHK SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHL SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHM SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHN SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHO SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHP SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHQ SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHR SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SHS SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHT SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHU SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SHV SIN 31 Jul 21 0

‘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 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SGB SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SGC SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SGD SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SGE SIN 28 Jul 21 3
9V-SGF SIN 26 Jul 21 5
9V-SGG SIN 30 Jul 21 1

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


 

 

Airbus A380s

As we recently reported, a Version 3 Airbus A380 has been returned to Singapore from storage in Alice Springs, leaving only six superjumbos in desert storage with the others all 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 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 as restrictions are lifted for travellers from specific countries.

!A388 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SKF SIN 24 Mar 20 494
9V-SKG SIN 25 Mar 20 493
9V-SKH SIN 22 Mar 20 496
9V-SKI SIN 20 Mar 20 498
9V-SKJ SIN 20 Mar 20 498
9V-SKK ASP 21 Mar 20 497
9V-SKL ASP 27 Mar 20 491
9V-SKM SIN 21 Mar 20 497
9V-SKN SIN 15 Oct 19 655
9V-SKP ASP 24 Mar 20 494
9V-SKQ SIN 26 Mar 20 492
9V-SKR SIN 19 Mar 20 499
9V-SKS SIN 12 Mar 20 506
9V-SKT ASP 18 Mar 20 500
9V-SKU SIN 25 Mar 20 493
9V-SKV SIN 28 Mar 20 490
9V-SKW SIN 26 Mar 20 492
9V-SKY ASP 27 Mar 20 491
9V-SKZ ASP 30 Mar 20 488

‘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.

With the latest A380 returned to Changi from Alice Springs already sporting the new cabin products, we’ve already surmised that some of these aircraft could be brought back into revenue service by the end of this year, if at least a few key border openings happen as planned.

Boeing 737-800s

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

After three additional Boeing 737-800s were also transferred last month, another four were registered to SIA this month.

None of these will be operated by Singapore Airlines, as they are now in preparation for sale. The latest additions are 9V-MGG, 9V-MGI, 9V-MGO and 9V-MGQ.

Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MGA SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-MGB SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-MGC SIN 27 Jul 21 4
9V-MGD SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-MGE SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-MGF SIN 2 May 21 90
9V-MGG SIN 5 May 21 87
9V-MGH SIN 11 Apr 21 111
9V-MGI SIN 6 May 21 86
9V-MGK SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-MGL SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-MGM SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-MGN SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-MGO SIN 20 Mar 20 498
9V-MGP SIN 20 Apr 21 102
9V-MGQ SIN 27 Mar 20 491

‘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 rich 29-year history.

Boeing 737-8 MAX

Since the June 2021 update, 9V-MBB has been relocated from Alice Springs to Singapore, meaning all six MAX aircraft are now either undergoing their cabin modifications or are ready for return to service.

Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MBA SIN 11 Mar 19 873
9V-MBB SIN 11 Mar 19 873
9V-MBC SIN 10 Mar 19 874
9V-MBD SIN 12 Mar 19 872
9V-MBE SIN 11 Mar 19 873
9V-MBF SIN 11 Mar 19 873

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

These aircraft have not flown passenger flights since early 2019, when the fleet was grounded by regulators due to safety concerns. Clearance for the MAXs to fly again in Singapore is expected 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 (9V-SQJ), after a failed sale attempt.

!B772 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SQJ SIN 2 Aug 18 1,094
9V-SRF ASP 30 Nov 19 609
9V-SRG ASP 1 Feb 20 546
9V-SRH ASP 23 Mar 20 495
9V-SRJ ASP 7 Jun 20 419
9V-SRL ASP 24 Mar 20 494
9V-SRP SIN 24 Mar 20 494
9V-SRQ SIN 15 Jun 20 411

‘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 20 501
9V-SVC ASP 19 Mar 20 499
9V-SVE ASP 21 Mar 20 497

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

There are still two retired Boeing 777-300 (non-ER) aircraft in the fleet, also for disposal.

!B773 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SYF SIN 10 Apr 20 477
9V-SYH SIN 5 May 20 452

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


 

 

Boeing 777-300ERs

15 of SIA’s 27 Boeing 777-300ERs were active over the last two weeks, the highest level we’ve seen since the type was almost completely grounded at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic impact last year.

The other 12 aircraft are stored at Changi, though as we now know 9V-SWA, -SWD, -SWE and -SWF have been retired and will not rejoin the fleet, leaving only eight to be activated again.

!B773ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SWA SIN 29 Mar 20 489
9V-SWB SIN 24 Mar 20 494
9V-SWD SIN 19 Mar 20 499
9V-SWE SIN 1 Feb 21 180
9V-SWF SIN 28 Sep 20 306
9V-SWG SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWH SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWI SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWJ SIN 4 May 20 453
9V-SWK SIN 24 Jul 21 7
9V-SWL ASP 13 Mar 21 140
9V-SWM SIN 22 Jul 21 9
9V-SWN SIN 3 May 21 89
9V-SWO SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SWP SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SWQ SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWR SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWS SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWT SIN 29 Jul 21 2
9V-SWU SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SWV SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SWW SIN 27 Jul 21 4
9V-SWY SIN 5 Dec 20 238
9V-SWZ SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SNA SIN 23 Jun 20 403
9V-SNB SIN 16 Mar 20 502
9V-SNC SIN 14 Jun 20 412

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

One of these aircraft, 9V-SWL, is stored at Alice Springs.

The Boeing 777-300ER fleet has been predominantly operating cargo-only flights for the last year or so, though these aircraft are now increasingly being used for passenger services too.

Routes include London, Sydney, Jakarta and Hong Kong, including a First Class cabin reintroduced last month for the first time in a year.

Boeing 787-10s

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

!B78X Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SCA SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCB SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SCC SIN 28 Jul 21 3
9V-SCD SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCE SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCF SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCG SIN 30 Jul 21 1
9V-SCH SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCI SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCJ SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCK SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCL SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCM SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCN SIN 31 Jul 21 0
9V-SCO SIN 31 Jul 21 0

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

Alice Springs storage

With the last remaining Boeing 737 MAX and one additional Airbus A380 flown back to Singapore from Alice Springs this month, there are now 21 group aircraft in storage there, as outlined in the following table.

SIA Group aircraft
stored in Alice Springs
Airline Aircraft Total
Singapore_Airlines Airbus A380 6
Boeing 777-200 5
Boeing 777-200ER 3
Boeing 777-300ER 1
Scoot Airbus A320 3
Boeing 787-8 3

Some of these (like the Airbus A380 Version 3 aircraft) will be returned to service, while some others (like the Boeing 777-200ERs) will eventually be sold.

Fleet development plan

Based on the latest CAAS aircraft register at 30th June 2021, recent deliveries, and SIA’s latest financial update, here’s how the registered SIA fleet should develop over the next eight months, between now and March 2022.

Registered Passenger Aircraft Fleet

Aircraft Type Fleet Totals
31 Jul
2021
Leaving Joining 31 Mar
2022
A330-300 2   2  
A350-900 27     2 58
A350-900 Regional 22
A350-900 ULR 7
A380-800 19   7   12
737-8 MAX 6     8 14
737-800 NG 16   7   9
777-200 8   8  
777-200ER 3   3  
777-300 2   2  
777-300ER 27   4   23
787-10 15     5 20
All Types 154   33   15 136

Aside from the remaining Airbus A330s, which will be returned to their lessors by Q3 2021, this table assumes that other aircraft being withdrawn will have been formally deregistered by 31st March 2022. That might not be the case, though either way they certainly won’t be returned to revenue service.

Here’s how the latest total SIA Group orders for fleet modernisation and replacement looks.

SIA Group Orders
(incl. via lessors)

(click to enlarge)

The next Boeing 787-10 may be arriving soon

The bulk of SIA’s wide-body deliveries over the next eight months comprises five new Boeing 787-10s. Activity has been dormant for a while, with the next aircraft due for delivery (9V-SCP) all wrapped up for storage over in Charleston last time we saw, in February this year.

This week, however, the aircraft has been brought back to life. It is the 1,000th Boeing 787 built, and carries a commemorative decal near its nose reflecting this.

9V-SCP on its first flight in March 2020

9V-SCP took a 2 hour 40 minute test flight at Charleston on 30th July 2021, its second test flight overall, suggesting it is almost certainly moving towards delivery preparation.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see this one arrive at Changi in August or September, with the next four progressively being delivered by March next year.

SIA has not taken delivery of a new Boeing 787-10 for over a year and a half, but that looks set to change in the weeks ahead. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

The last new Boeing 787-10 received by the airline, 9V-SCO, arrived 20 months ago, in December 2019.


 

 

Summary

Overall, SIA is now actively flying 95 passenger aircraft, its highest since schedules were slashed in April 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic decimated schedules to just 4% of usual flying.

With high vaccination rates meaning quarantine-free travel is now on the horizon, there should be further improvements in the months ahead, perhaps even including revenue services with the Airbus A380 making a comeback before the end of the year.

All six Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft have now been relocated from storage in Alice Springs this month, an aircraft we’re eager to see back in the schedules with its new narrow-body Business Class seat, offering a short-haul flat-bed option.

Stay tuned for the next fleet update in August 2021.

(Cover Photo: zkarj via Flickr)

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