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.

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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
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27 27 27
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
16
9 9
737-8 MAX
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 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.

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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.

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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