Singapore Airlines fleet

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The Singapore Airlines fleet consists of wide-body aircraft from five aircraft families: the Airbus A330, Airbus A350, Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787. As of 31 August 2018, there were 111 passenger aircraft registered in the Singapore Airlines fleet.[1]

Current fleet[edit]

As of 30 September 2018, the Singapore Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1]

Singapore Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers[2] Notes
R F J S Y Total
Airbus A330-300 20 30 255 285 To be phased out by 2019.
To be replaced by Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10.[3]
Airbus A350-900 21 39 42 24 187 253 Replacing Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200, 777-200ER and 777-300.
40 263 303[4]
Airbus A350-900ULR 3 4 67 94 161 Launch operator.[5][6]
To be used for trans-Pacific flights from Singapore to Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco.[7]
Airbus A380-800 20 12 86 36 245 379 Launch customer.
Older aircraft will be retrofitted to the 471-seat configuration by 2020.[8]
12 60 36 333 441
6 78 44 343 471
Boeing 777-200 8 38 228 266 To be replaced by Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10.
Boeing 777-200ER 6 26 245 271
Boeing 777-300 5 8 50 226 284
Boeing 777-300ER 27 4 48 28 184 264 All to be refitted with new cabins with premium economy by the end of 2018.[9][10]
8 42 228 278
Boeing 777-9 20[11]
TBA
Deliveries begin in 2021.
Boeing 787-10 6 43[11] 36 301 337 Launch customer.
Total 116 106

Airbus A330[edit]

Singapore Airlines introduced the Airbus A330-300 in January 2009, with the delivery of the first of an initial batch of leased aircraft.[12] It was the first aircraft in the fleet to feature a new regional business class product with 30 lie-flat leather seats in a 2-2-2 configuration,[13] which has since been retrofitted on other regional aircraft in the fleet.

Five further A330s were delivered in 2009,[12] progressively replacing older Boeing 777-200s on medium-haul routes,[13] and the fleet stood at 19 examples by June 2011.[14] All the aircraft were acquired on five-year leases with the option to extend if necessary,[15] designed to fill the airline's capacity requirements until the delivery of Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s.[13]

The airline committed to an additional 15 A330 aircraft in June 2011, which were delivered between 2013 and 2015, continuing to replace older Boeing 777s in the fleet.[14][15] In January 2016 the airline confirmed its intention to eventually replace all A330 aircraft with Airbus A350s in a medium-range configuration by 2019.[3]

Airbus A350[edit]

Singapore Airlines placed an order for thirty Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2006, with another thirty ordered in 2013.[16] The airline took delivery of the first of the aircraft in February 2016[17] and flew its delivery flight to Singapore on 2 March.[18] The airline began operating regular A350 services on 9 May 2016.[19]

On 13 October 2015, Singapore Airlines announced that it had placed orders for seven Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range) aircraft, which will see the return of non-stop flights from Singapore to both New York and Los Angeles.[20] The first A350-900ULR was delivered to Singapore Airlines in the third quarter of 2018, allowing the launch of non-stop flights to New York by the end of the year.[21]

Airbus A380[edit]

Airbus A380 wearing a 50th anniversary of Singapore livery departing Singapore Changi Airport (May 2015)
An Airbus A380-800 at Zurich Airport in 2010

Singapore Airlines became the first airline to operate the Airbus A380-800 on 25 October 2007, after a series of delays.[22][23] The airline placed orders for nineteen A380s with six options. The first flight was a return trip from Singapore to Sydney, with a flight designation of Flight 380 to signify the first commercial flight of the A380.[24] To mark this moment in aviation history, SIA auctioned all the tickets in a special agreement with eBay, beginning on 27 August 2007 for two weeks, and donated all the proceeds to charity.[25] Close to $1.3 million was raised for charity through the auction.[26]

The airline also uses the A380 to serve commemorative or seasonal flights. Singapore Airlines became the first to operate commercial A380 flights into Beijing from 2 to 8 August 2008 to meet higher passenger traffic during the Beijing Summer Olympic Games; and operated the A380 seasonally to Osaka in August 2012.[27] On 9 August 2015, a Singapore Airlines A380 took part in the Singapore National Day Parade as part of Singapore's 50th anniversary celebrations. The aircraft was painted with a special livery and operated a special Charity Flight on 29 May 2015.[28]

In 2012, Singapore Airlines agreed to order five more A380s, to be delivered from 2017.[29] They feature new Suites, Business Class and Economy cabins, as well as Premium Economy seats which were already being rolled out on existing A380s.[30] In 2016, the airline confirmed that one A380 would be returned to its leasing company in October 2017 at the end of its ten-year lease, with a decision still to be made regarding retention of four additional A380 aircraft whose leases expire between January and June 2018.[31] The first A380 was taken out of service in August 2017.[32]

Boeing 777[edit]

Singapore Airlines' 777-200ERs were the first to enter service, with the first delivered on 5 May 1997. While Singapore Airlines lists some of its 777-200ER jets as 777-200 aircraft, all of the supposed -200 series aircraft were all built with enhancements usually exclusive to the -200ER, with the single modification being the Trent 892 engines derated to the -884 spec used on the standard -200 aircraft, reducing the MTOW and thus aircraft fees at the airport when categorized by maximum takeoff weight (MTOW).[citation needed]

On 10 December 1998, Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300.[33] The airline announced the order of 19 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in August 2004 with the order signed on 23 December 2004, during which an unused option for the Boeing 777 family was converted into an order for a Boeing 777-300ER.[citation needed] Singapore Airlines became the world's largest operator of the Boeing 777 when it took delivery of its 58th such aircraft, a Boeing 777-300, on 6 May 2005.[34] It has since been surpassed by Emirates, which as of November 2017 has 159 examples in its fleet.[35] The airline's new Boeing 777-300ERs entered commercial service on 5 December 2006.[citation needed]

On 9 July 2013, Singapore Airlines, in collaboration with two design firms, James Park Associates and DesignworksUSA, unveiled the next generation of cabin products for First, Business, and Economy class, that entered service in newly delivered Boeing 777-300ERs.[36] The product was later extended to all Boeing 777-300ERs.[37] Singapore Airlines also introduced its new Premium Economy product on 9 August 2015 on the Boeing 777-300ER.[38]

Boeing 787[edit]

In 2013, Singapore Airlines placed an initial order for thirty Boeing 787-10 aircraft.[39][40]

On 8 February 2018, Singapore Airlines announced the Boeing 787-10 would initially be used on crew-training flights before commencing regular services in May 2018.[41][42][43][44] On 28 March 2018, the new regional cabin product was unveiled following the delivery of the first Boeing 787-10.[45]

Future fleet[edit]

Boeing 777X[edit]

On 9 February 2017, Singapore Airlines signed a letter of intent to purchase 39 aircraft - 20 Boeing 777-9s and an additional 19 Boeing 787-10s. The deal also includes options for 12 more aircraft. The proposed order, which is valued at US$13.8 billion based on published list prices, includes flexibility for the Singapore Airlines Group to substitute the 787-10 orders for other variants of the 787 family.[46][47][48][49][50]

On 23 October 2017, the deal was finalised at the White House and was witnessed by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and U.S. President Donald Trump during a state visit. The Boeing 777-9s will be delivered to the airline in the 2021-2022 financial year.[51][52]

Fleet history[edit]

The Singaporean Concorde (G-BOAD) at Heathrow in 1980

Since 1937, the predecessors of Singapore Airlines operated the Airspeed Consul, Boeing 707, Boeing 737, Bristol Britannia, Douglas DC-3, Douglas DC-4, de Havilland Comet 4, Fokker F27 Friendship, Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and the Vickers Viscount. After its incorporation as Singapore Airlines Limited on 28 January 1972 following the splitting of Malaysia–Singapore Airlines (MSA) to form Malaysian Airline System and Singapore Airlines, the airline acquired seven Boeing 707s and five Boeing 737s from MSA on 30 September 1972.[53]

Its first purchase since incorporation was for another second-hand Boeing 707 that was delivered on 1 October 1972. The first Boeing 747-200 for the airline was delivered soon after on 31 July 1973, which also marked SIA's first direct delivery of a new aircraft. Boeing 727s were delivered from 30 August 1977, Boeing 747-300s from 29 April 1983, and Boeing 757s from 12 November 1984.[54] The airline ordered its first aircraft from Airbus, A300B4s, in 1979,[55] which joined the fleet the following year. Other Airbus models flown include the Airbus A310 from 1984 and the Airbus A340-300 from 26 October 1996.

The airline ordered five McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on 16 January 1990, to operate long-haul routes with demand deemed too thin for the Boeing 747.[56] When it was revealed that the MD-11's performance was below expectations in terms of range and fuel burn, the order was cancelled in favour of the Airbus A340-300. The cancellation was seen as particularly damaging to McDonnell Douglas due to the company's reputation.[57] Several years later Airbus in turn suffered a setback, however, when rival Boeing successfully negotiated to take SIA's existing A340-300 fleet as well as any still on order in exchange for ten orders for the Boeing 777 in 1999,[58] with Airbus calling the move an "act of desperation" on Boeing's part.[59]

In 1977, and from 1979 to 1980, British Airways operated a Concorde (G-BOAD) which was dual-liveried with Singapore Airlines' livery on the port side and British Airways' livery on the starboard side. It was used on the London to Singapore via Bahrain service. The service was withdrawn for financial reasons and complaints about noise from the Malaysian government.[60]

In September 2009, the Airbus A380 marked a milestone with the airline when, with the tenth aircraft delivered, its fleet of A380s exceeded that of the Boeing 747-400 for the first time.[61]

Singapore Airlines historical Fleet
Aircraft Total Year Introduced Year Retired Replacement Notes/Refs
Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde 1 1977 1980 None Co-operated with British Airways
Airbus A300B4-200 8 1980 1985 Airbus A310
Airbus A310-200 6 1984 2000 Airbus A330-300
Airbus A310-300 17 1987 2005 Airbus A330-300
Airbus A340-300 17 1996 2003 Boeing 777
Airbus A340-500 5 2003 2013 Airbus A350-900ULR
Boeing 707-320B Unknown 1972 1980 Airbus A300B4-200 Transferred from former Malaysia–Singapore Airlines.
Boeing 707-320C Unknown 1972 1982 Airbus A300B4-200 Transferred from former Malaysia–Singapore Airlines.
Boeing 727-200 Unknown 1977 1985 Airbus A310
Boeing 737-100 5 1972 1980 Airbus A310 Transferred from former Malaysia–Singapore Airlines.
Boeing 747-200B 19 1973 1994 Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-200C/M 1 1991 1992 None
Boeing 747-200F 3 1992 1995 Boeing 747-400F
Boeing 747-300 11 1983 2001 Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-300M 3 1986 2001 Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-400 43 1989 2012 Airbus A380 One written off as Flight 006.
Final flight was on 6 April 2012 as SQ748 from Hong Kong to Singapore.
Boeing 757-200 4 1984 1990 Airbus A330-300
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 7 1975 1975 Airbus A330-300
1977 1985
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF 1 1979 1979

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