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Singapore Airlines Fleet: December 2022

Singapore Airlines is rounding off 2022 with over 120 of its passenger aircraft back in regular service, practically matching its pre-pandemic total.

It’s been a year since our last Singapore Airlines fleet update, and the carrier has brought more of its passenger aircraft back into service over the last 12 months as travel rebounded following Singapore’s lifting of most border restrictions in April 2022.

Additionally, 11 brand new aircraft were delivered to SIA, 10 of which have been brought into service at the time of writing.

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The carrier’s active passenger fleet now stands at over 120 aircraft, practically the same as pre-COVID, though that’s still around 30 aircraft short when you consider that SilkAir has now been fully merged into the mainline carrier.

Fleet totals

Here are the Singapore Airlines passenger fleet totals at 31st December 2022.

  CAAS Database: 148  
  Recently delivered:
For disposal:
+1
-15
 
  In Service: 134  
  In maintenance / stored:
-11
 
  Active: 123  

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 134 planes at 31st December 2022, 123 of which were recently active.

That’s 12% more than this time last year, when 110 passenger aircraft were active in the fleet.

  Click here to see the official CAAS list of registered aircraft in Singapore at 1st November 2022.

SIA Passenger Fleet at 31st December 2022

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 LH
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30 30 29
A350-900 MH
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24
24 23
A350-900 ULR
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7 7 7
A380-800
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17 12 10
737-800
9
7 7
737-8 MAX
16 16 15
777-200
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5 0 0
777-300ER
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26 23 17
787-10
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15 15 15
Total 149 134 123

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

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

This reflects a future fleet of 134 aircraft, plus future deliveries of Airbus A350s, Boeing 737-8 MAXs and Boeing 787-10s still on order.

More Boeing 737-8 MAXs join the fleet

During 2022, Singapore Airlines took delivery of six new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, as shown below.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737 MAX
2022 Deliveries

Reg. Delivered Entered Service
9V-MBK 15 Feb 2022
2 Jun 2022
9V-MBL 26 Feb 2022
Yet to enter service
9V-MBM 5 Jun 2022
20 Nov 2022
9V-MBN 3 Apr 2022
7 Jul 2022
9V-MBO 18 Jul 2022
15 Sep 2022
9V-MBP 22 Nov 2022
22 Dec 2022

Additionally, four MAX aircraft that had been delivered in late 2021 but were undergoing cabin refits and had not entered service with the airline have all now joined the operating fleet, as shown below.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737 MAX
2021 Deliveries
2022 Service Entry

Reg. Delivered Entered Service
9V-MBG 25 Nov 2021
1 Feb 2022
9V-MBH 4 Dec 2021
22 Mar 2022
9V-MBI 14 Dec 2021
10 Apr 2022
9V-MBJ 25 Dec 2021
30 Apr 2022

9V-MBL is now the only MAX in the fleet not in service, stored at Changi since delivery in February 2022. The aircraft was repainted from SilkAir colours into the Star Alliance colour scheme (photo here) in April 2022, but for some reason has been ‘skipped’ in the service activation order.

This is the first SIA narrow-body aircraft to receive the Star Alliance colours.

All Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft entering service with SIA are fitted with the latest cabin products for the narrow-body fleet. Here are our dedicated articles covering the new cabins, to help you know what to expect on board.

Five more Airbus A350s arrived

In 2022, Singapore Airlines took delivery of five brand new Airbus A350 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350
2022 Deliveries

Reg. Variant Delivered Entered Service
9V-SJE Long Haul 30 Dec 2021
8 Jan 2022
9V-SHW Medium Haul
7 Jan 2022
15 Jan 2022
9V-SHY Medium Haul 8 Apr 2022
18 Apr 2022
9V-SJC Long Haul
28 Jun 2022
5 Jul 2022
9V-SJD Long Haul 20 Aug 2022
26 Aug 2022

Four more passenger A350s will be delivered to the airline, all of which will be the Long Haul variant.

Four remaining Airbus A350 deliveries to SIA will be the Long Haul version. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Farewell Boeing 777-200ER and 777-300s

At the start of 2022 Singapore Airlines still had one Boeing 777-200ER (9V-SVE) and two Boeing 777-300s (9V-SYF and -SYH) legally registered to the airline, despite both types having been withdrawn from service.

These have now been sold and de-registered, with the following fate:

  • 9V-SVE was sold to Eastern Airlines as N830KW, and ferried from Alice Springs to Kansas City via Brisbane and Honolulu on 5th – 7th January 2022. It has yet to be converted into a freighter aircraft and enter service with the carrier. Here’s a photo of it in storage in July 2022.
  • 9V-SYH was sold to Eastern Airlines as N834KW, and ferried from Singapore to Kansas City via Seoul on 24th – 26th February 2022. It is also awaiting freighter conversion and entry into service with the carrier.
  • 9V-SYF was sold to Eastern Airlines as N833KW, and ferried from Singapore to Kansas City via Seoul on 27th – 28th April 2022. It is also awaiting freighter conversion and entry into service with the carrier.

These aircraft will join the now-defunct NokScoot (but SIA-owned) Boeing 777-200 9V-SRF, which was sold to Eastern Airlines as a freighter in late 2021.



 


 

Two more A380s scrapped at Changi

Last year we reported how two of SIA’s older retired older A380s, 9V-SKG and 9V-SKH, were scrapped at Changi for spare parts.

Two more aircraft have since met a similar fate, with 9V-SKJ and 9V-SKI scrapped at Changi in October and November 2022 respectively.

9V-SKJ met its final fate in October 2022. (Photo: MainlyMiles via reader)
9V-SKI followed in November. (Photo: MainlyMiles via reader)

The end result is not a pretty sight for any A380 enthusiast.

9V-SKI in an almost completely dismantled state. (Photo: MainlyMiles via reader)

Only 9V-SKF remains at Changi among the three A380s not returning to service. It is presently parked near T1.

9V-SKF is still parked at Changi with engines attached. (Photo: MainlyMiles via reader)

The fate of the two A380s stored in Alice Springs, 9V-SKK and 9V-SKL, which also won’t rejoin the fleet, is unknown.

The final Airbus A380 is in refit

In brighter news for the airline’s remaining 12 Airbus A380s, October 2022 brought the news that 9V-SKQ’s cabin refit has now been completed, with the aircraft re-entering service on the 16th of that month, over 2.5 years since it last had paying passengers on board.

That means that 9V-SKP is the last of the carrier’s superjumbos now in the hangar for refit, hopefully set to be rolled out next year.

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

The A380 is now being used extensively on the network, including to Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Shanghai.

Further expansion for the A380s in 2022 includes Melbourne, Delhi and a second daily Sydney service, though the Singapore – Frankfurt – New York route sadly downgrades to a Boeing 777-300ER next summer.

Fleet activity by registration

Here’s a breakdown of the SIA fleet of passenger aircraft based on recent revenue passenger or cargo-only flight activity, based on an analysis conducted on 31st December 2022.

Airbus A350s

All but one of the 30-strong Airbus A350-900 Long Haul fleet was active in December 2022, with 29 aircraft flying revenue services over the last two weeks (9V-SMI is in maintenance).

!A359 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SMA SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMC SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMD SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SME SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMF SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMG SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMH SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMI SIN 19 Nov 22 42
9V-SMJ SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-SMK SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SML SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMM SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMN SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMO SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMP SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMQ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMR SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMS SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMT SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMU SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SMV SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMW SIN 21 Dec 22 10
9V-SMY SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SMZ SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SJA SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SJB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SJC SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SJD SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SJE SIN 30 Dec 22 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

23 out of 24 Airbus A350-900 Medium Haul aircraft were flying recently, with 9V-SHM in maintenance.

!A359R Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SHA SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHC SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHD SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHE SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHF SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHG SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHH SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHI SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHJ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHK SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHL SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHM SIN 23 Nov 22 38
9V-SHN SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHO SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHP SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHQ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHR SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHS SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHT SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SHU SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHV SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHW SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SHY SIN 31 Dec 22 0

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

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

!A359 ULR Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SGA SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SGB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SGC SIN 28 Dec 22 3
9V-SGD SIN 28 Dec 22 3
9V-SGE SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-SGF SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-SGG SIN 30 Dec 22 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

Airbus A380s

A total of 10 Airbus A380s are currently in regular service, with 9V-SKP under refit as mentioned above.

!A388 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SKF SIN 24 Mar 20 1012
9V-SKI SIN 20 Mar 20 1016
Scrapped
9V-SKJ SIN 20 Mar 20 1016
Scrapped
9V-SKK ASP 21 Mar 20 1015
9V-SKL ASP 27 Mar 20 1009
9V-SKM SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKN SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKP SIN 24 Mar 20 1012
9V-SKQ SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKR SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKS SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKT SIN 17 Nov 22 44
9V-SKU SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SKV SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-SKW SIN 28 Dec 22 3
9V-SKY SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SKZ SIN 31 Dec 22 0

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

9V-SKT appears to be in routine maintenance, having not flown since mid-November.

Boeing 737-800s

7 out of the 9 Boeing 737-800s that moved across from SilkAir to Singapore Airlines remain in regular service with the mainline carrier, with 9V-MGA and -MGB now deemed surplus to requirements and set for disposal, as revealed in May 2022.

Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MGA SIN 5 May 22 240
9V-MGB SIN 21 May 22 224
9V-MGC SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGD SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGE SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGK SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGL SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGM SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MGN SIN 30 Dec 22 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue 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

As mentioned earlier, 15 out of 16 SIA Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft are now in regular service, with only 9V-MBL to join the fold in its Star Alliance livery.

Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-MBA SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBB SIN 23 Dec 22 8
9V-MBC SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBD SIN 26 Dec 22 5
9V-MBE SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBF SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-MBG SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBH SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBI SIN 29 Dec 22 2
9V-MBJ SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBK SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBL SIN To enter service
9V-MBM SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBN SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBO SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-MBP SIN 30 Dec 22 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

Boeing 777-200

Boeing 777-200s will not return to the SIA fleet, with the five aircraft still owned by the airline in storage at Alice Springs or Changi.

!B772 Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SRG ASP 1 Feb 20 1064
9V-SRH ASP 23 Mar 20 1013
9V-SRJ ASP 7 Jun 20 937
9V-SRL ASP 24 Mar 20 1012
9V-SRP SIN 24 Mar 20 1012

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

Boeing 777-300ERs

17 of SIA’s 26 registered Boeing 777-300ERs were active over the last two weeks.

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The other 9 aircraft are stored at Changi (7) or Alice Springs (2), though as we know 9V-SWD, -SWE and -SWF will not rejoin the fleet, leaving only 6 to be activated again.

!B773ER Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SWB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWD SIN 19 Mar 20 1017
9V-SWE SIN 1 Feb 21 698
9V-SWF SIN 28 Sep 20 824
9V-SWG SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWH SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWI SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SWJ ASP 4 May 20 971
9V-SWK ASP 1 Aug 21 517
9V-SWL SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SWM SIN 24 Dec 21 372
9V-SWN SIN 24 Dec 21 372
9V-SWO SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWP SIN 21 Nov 22 40
9V-SWQ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWR SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWS SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWT SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWU SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SWV SIN 26 Dec 22 5
9V-SWW SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SWY SIN 5 Dec 20 756
9V-SWZ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SNA SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SNB SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SNC SIN 31 Dec 22 0

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

Boeing 787-10s

All of SIA’s 15 Boeing 787-10s are currently active.

!B78X Label
Aircraft Location Last flew Days ago
9V-SCA SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCB SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCC SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCD SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCE SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCF SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCG SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCH SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCI SIN 24 Dec 22 7
9V-SCJ SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCK SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCL SIN 31 Dec 22 0
9V-SCM SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCN SIN 30 Dec 22 1
9V-SCO SIN 30 Dec 22 1

‘Last flew’ dates relate to the aircraft’s last revenue flight.

9V-SCI spent six weeks in Victorville, USA, between late August and early October 2022, presumably for a second stint of repairs by Boeing.

The aircraft is one of 8 worldwide affected by a manufacturing defect in its tail, and was first repaired by Boeing in the USA back in October 2020.

Alice Springs storage

There are still 11 SIA group aircraft in storage at Alice Springs, as outlined in the following table.

SIA Group aircraft
stored in Alice Springs
Airline Aircraft Total
Singapore_Airlines Airbus A380 2
Boeing 777-200 4
Boeing 777-300ER 2
Scoot Airbus A320 3

Some of these (like the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft) should be returned to service, while some others (like the Boeing 777-200s) will eventually be sold.

Fleet development plan

Based on the in-service fleet of aircraft at 31st December 2022 and SIA’s latest financial update, here’s how the SIA fleet should develop over the next three months, between now and March 2023.

In Service Passenger Aircraft Fleet

Aircraft Type Fleet Totals
31 Dec
2022
Leaving Joining 31 Mar
2023
A350-900 LH 30     1 31
A350-900 MH 24     24
A350-900 ULR 7     7
A380-800 12     12
737-8 MAX 16     16
737-800 NG 7     7
777-300ER 23     23
787-10 15     2 17
All Types 134     3 137

Three aircraft will be delivered to the airline between now and the end of March 2023, an Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft and two Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

However, Singapore Airlines has noted that of these three, only one of the Boeing 787-10s is due to enter passenger service by 31st March 2023, with the other two likely to start flying revenue flights in April 2023.

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

SIA Group Orders
(incl. via lessors)

Delivery of Boeing 777-9s, which will sport the airline’s latest Suites and Business Class products, has slipped to 2025 art the earliest.

Summary

Singapore Airlines has been progressively returning aircraft to its operating fleet in 2022, including by taking delivery of no fewer than 11 brand new aircraft.

While it’s sad to see the end of the road for more of the carrier’s retired Airbus A380s, none of which are likely to find a future operator, the good news is that we’re on the final straight for cabin refits of the 12 remaining superjumbos, with only one left to complete.

Next year will likely see the final four passenger A350s delivered to SIA, for an impressive fleet of 65 such aircraft, while there should also be a welcome restart for Boeing 787 deliveries.

Overall, SIA is now actively flying 123 passenger aircraft, including practically all its Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s.

Stay tuned for the next fleet update in 2023.

(Cover Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

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6 comments

  1. Thanks, been waiting for an update on this for a long time…
    I was trying to get a picture of SQ’s B77W situation as I felt that a lot of SQ’s B77W fleet must have still been parked up, since a lot of east coast Aus flights and some Asian flights that previously had long haul aircraft were now being operated by medium haul aircraft (including some relatively premium departures to Syd, Mel). I am surprised that only 3 more B77Ws are due to return though, I guess the combined impact of non returning A380s and B77Ws has quite an impact

    1. I think there are 5x outstanding 77Ws yet to return – SWJ, SWK, SWM, SWN, and SWY. These 5 exclude the ones that have already been announced as retired (although from what the CEO said in a recent statement, they may return as a result of the 777X delays).

      SWP is probably just out for routine maintenance as it was flying regularly.

      1. But 9V-SWA left the fleet in October 2021 and is sitting in storage in the USA, having been returned to its lessor or something.

  2. It would be nice if you could also consider other aircraft in the SIA Group, including Scoot and the freighter fleet, which has added two 777s (9V-DHA and 9V-DHB) in 2022.

  3. Spotted an ex-SQ B77W/773 parked at IST’s remote bays yesterday, with only the basic blue tail fin and blue/gold cheatlines. Wondering which aircraft is it and how it ended up in IST.

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