SINGAPORE – Just 10 out of 200 Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s airplanes are currently taking to the skies with passengers.
Of the remaining 95 per cent of the fleet, some have been deployed for cargo-only services, while a large number of planes are parked at Changi Airport.
Meanwhile, 17 planes are parked at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility in the Australian town of Alice Springs, SIA said in response to queries on Wednesday (May 6).
Seven of the planes are from SIA, six are from regional arm SilkAir and four are from budget arm Scoot.
A spokesman said: “The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in significantly reduced demand across the aviation industry.
“To address this, SIA has reduced its scheduled capacity by 96 per cent… As a result, SIA has parked a large number of its aircraft at Changi Airport with a few aircraft parked overseas.”
The spokesman said that the aircraft are parked in locations where they are appropriately maintained during this period.
She added: “We will continue to monitor the situation and, when appropriate, will return the aircraft to Singapore ahead of reintroducing them to our operations.”
SIA’s seven cargo planes, however, are still operating as usual.
Videos and pictures of SIA’s passenger planes flying into the Alice Spring aircraft storage facility had emerged on social media late last month.
The Australian facility is ideal for housing grounded aircraft due to the dry climate there. This reduces the risk of corrosion of planes as compared to humid climates such as that of Singapore’s.
Similar plane storage facilities around the world have been getting more crowded in recent months as airlines grapple with the impact of a drastic plunge in passenger traffic