Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Fleet: December 2021

Singapore Airlines is rounding off 2021 with over 100 of its passenger aircraft back in regular service, including 7 flagship Airbus A380s.

Singapore Airlines had a bumper end to 2021 with an expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme to a total of 24 countries, 21 of which the carrier is now serving with regular passenger flights, allowing an expansion of the operating passenger fleet to over 100 aircraft for the first time since the pandemic hit.

36 aircraft are still in storage, either at Changi or in Alice Springs, though only 15 of these are due to return to service, with the others for sale or disposal.

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Highlights for the end of the year were undoubtedly the re-entry into service for the new and refitted Airbus A380s, plus the debut of the Boeing 737-8 MAX with new cabin products.

To round off the year, the airline will take delivery of its 57th Airbus A350 on 29th December 2021.

Fleet totals

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

  CAAS Database: 144  
  Recently delivered:
For disposal:
+2
-21
 
  In Service: 125  
  In maintenance / stored:
-15
 
  Active: 110  

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 125 planes at 29th December 2021, 110 of which were recently active.

  Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 2nd December 2021.

SIA Passenger Fleet at 29th December 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
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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4 0 0
A380-800 v2
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3 2 0
A380-800 v3
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10 10 7
737-800
13
9 8
737-8 MAX
10 10 6
777-200
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6 0 0
777-200ER
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1 0 0
777-300
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2 0 0
777-300ER
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26 23 18
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 146 125 110

All the airline’s remaining registered Boeing 777-200s, Boeing 777-200ERs and Boeing 777-300s will not be returning to the fleet, in addition to five older Airbus A380s, three Boeing 777-300ERs and four Boeing 737-800s.

These are therefore excluded from the ‘In Service’ column.

This reflects a future fleet of 125 aircraft, plus future near-term deliveries of Airbus A350s, Boeing 737-8 MAXs and Boeing 787-10s.

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

Type Active / Inactive  
A350 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%
A350 R ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%
A350 ULR ■■■■■■■ 100%
A380 ■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□□□ 41%
737-800 ■■■■■■■■□□□□□ 62%
777-200 □□□□□□ 0%
777-200ER 0%
777-300 □□ 0%
777-300ER ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■□□□□□□□□ 69%
787-10 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 100%

 


 


 

Farewell Airbus A330s

The final Airbus A330 to leave the Singapore Airlines fleet and return to its lessor was 9V-SSI, which was flown to storage in Spain on 16th October 2021.

Singapore Airlines flew a total of 34 Airbus A330s between February 2009 and April 2020, with a peak fleet of 29 of the aircraft active during 2015.

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These aircraft were only leased on five-year terms, initially as a stop-gap due to production delays for SIA’s Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s, though additional leases were later signed for the A330s, while some lease terms were extended.

Ex-SIA A330 9V-STQ had a new lease of life with Air Canada. (Photo: Dillon Chong)

Those still in service around the world after being returned by SIA include aircraft now flown by Brussels Airlines, Air Canada, Oman Air and TAP Air Portugal.

You can see a full list of ex-SIA Airbus A330s now with new operators here, and a list of those in storage here.

Welcome back A380s

The introduction of more VTLs has given Singapore Airlines the confidence to start reintroducing some of its Airbus A380s to passenger service, for the first time since March 2020.

A series of round-trips to and from Kuala Lumpur came first in early November, followed by regular daily service to London, then Sydney.

All A380s returning to the SIA fleet feature the latest 2017 cabin products. (Photo: Agent Wolf / Shutterstock)

Further expansion for the A380s in 2022 includes:

  • Mumbai from 10th January 2022
  • Delhi from 14th February 2022
  • Frankfurt from 27th March 2022
  • New York from 27th March 2022

Meanwhile two older A380s, 9V-SKG and 9V-SKH, have been scrapped at Changi for spare parts.

That leaves 17 Airbus A380s in the registered SIA fleet, five of which have been retired and will not re-enter service, as shown in the following table.

Singapore Airlines A380 Fleet
(27th December 2021)

Aircraft Current
Location
Version Fate /
Status
9V-SKF SIN V1 Retired
9V-SKI SIN V1 Retired
9V-SKJ SIN V1 Retired
9V-SKK ASP V1 Retired
9V-SKL ASP V2 Future
Refit &
Re-entry
9V-SKM SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKN SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKP ASP V2 Retired
9V-SKQ SIN V2
(V3 pending)
Refit &
Re-entry
9V-SKR SIN V3 Stored
9V-SKS SIN V3 Stored
9V-SKT SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKU SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKV SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKW SIN V3 Stored
9V-SKY SIN V3 In
Service
9V-SKZ ASP V3 Stored

We understand all six Version 1 aircraft (9V-SKF to -SKK) and one Version 2 aircraft (9V-SKP) will be leaving the fleet (-SKG and -SKH having already being dismantled).

Ten A380s now have the new 2017 cabin products installed, five from new and another five completed refits.

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9V-SKQ’s refit should be finished next, leaving only 9V-SKL to be done. 9V-SKZ also needs to be flown back from Alice Springs, but does not require any cabin modifications.

The first Boeing 777-300ER is retired

Back in May 2021 Singapore Airlines confirmed that four of its Boeing 777-300ERs would be retired from the fleet following a write-down process, with the carrier confirming to Mainly Miles that 9V-SWA, 9V-SWD, 9V-SWE and 9V-SWF are the affected aircraft.

The first of those, and oldest in the fleet, has now departed for its new life in the USA.

Here’s 9V-SWA on a test flight in late September 2021, devoid of its Singapore Airlines titles.

The aircraft was flown to Victorville in the USA on late October 2021, and is destined to join Spanish charter and corporate operator Privilege Style in the coming months.

Boeing 737 MAXs enter service

November saw the reveal of Singapore Airlines’ latest narrow-body Regional Business Class and Economy Class products on the Boeing 737-8 MAX, following their refit from SilkAir configuration and the lifting of restrictions on the aircraft type by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Here are our dedicated articles covering the new cabins, to help you know what to expect on board.

The first MAX entered revenue service on 23rd November 2021 between Singapore and Phuket, and all six ex-SilkAir aircraft have now joined the active fleet.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Fleet

Active MAX Fleet
Reg. Age SIA First Service Livery Location
9V-MBA 4.2 yrs 28 Nov 2021
(SIN-HKT)
SIN
9V-MBB 4.1 yrs
6 Dec 2021
(SIN-PNH)
SIN
9V-MBC 4.0 yrs
23 Nov 2021
(SIN-HKT)
SIN
9V-MBD 3.7 yrs
17 Dec 2021
(SIN-KUL)
SIN
9V-MBE 3.6 yrs
4 Dec 2021
(SIN-HKT)