SIA Begins Parting Out A380s In Singapore

Credit: Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE—Due to complex border restrictions and dismantling costs, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has commenced the parting out of two Airbus A380s and a Boeing 777-200ER locally at the Changi Exhibition Center (CEC), which hosts the Singapore Airshow.

The three aircraft were towed on the night of Oct. 4 to the CEC, where parting out will be carried out primarily by SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC).

The two A380s are registered 9V-SKG and 9V-SKH, and aged 12.9 years and 12.8 years respectively. The 777-200ER, 9V-SQJ, is 19.4 years old—one of the oldest aircraft in SIA’s fleet. All three widebodies are among the 26 aircraft SIA earmarked in November 2020 for retirement, which included seven A380s, four 777-200ERs, four 777-300s, nine A320s and two A319s.

Usable parts will be kept to service the current fleet while other parts—like aircraft fuselages, cabin windows, overhead compartments, aircraft seats, life vests, soft furnishings and linens, and galley equipment such as carts and racks—will be repurposed for SIA’s Upcycling Project’s initiatives, such as art pieces.

When asked if other aircraft would be scrapped in Singapore, an SIA spokesperson said the airline was unable to comment on its future plans. The spokesperson added that the parting out is expected to take up to two months and will be complete by mid-November.

Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is the Southeast Asia and China Editor for the Aviation Week Network’s (AWN) Air Transport World (ATW) and the Asia-Pacific Defense Correspondent for AWN, joining the team in 2017.