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.
Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 31st July 2021.
|In maintenance / stored:
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’).
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.
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)|