3 SIA planes, including 2 large A380 aircraft, will be scrapped at Changi Exhibition Center, Transport News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Three Singapore Airlines planes were towed Monday evening (October 4) from Changi Airport to Changi Exhibition Center, where they will be dismantled for parts in a two-month process.
The towing operation, which lasted a few hours, required road closures along Changi Coast Road and Aviation Park Road.
The SIA said on Tuesday that two Airbus A380s, registered 9V-SKH and 9V-SKG, and one Boeing 777-200 registered 9V-SQJ had been moved during the operation.
The airline’s engineering arm, SIA Engineering, will demolish the aircraft. The process will take about two months.
This is the first time that SIA has scrapped A380 aircraft locally.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline had a fleet of 19 A380s.
It grounded the fleet around March last year as the Covid-19 epidemic rapidly escalated. Twelve of the planes were parked at Changi Airport and seven sent for long-term storage in Alice Springs.
It then announced in November that it would withdraw a total of 26 planes deemed to be surplus-to-needs, including seven A380s, after a review of its long-term network.
Doubts had grown in the industry about the future of the aircraft in recent years, with some carriers struggling to fill enough seats on the aircraft to make it profitable.
A spokesperson for the SIA said on Tuesday that usable parts from A380s being scrapped will be kept as spares to maintain its remaining fleet of 12 A380s.
Meanwhile, the appropriate remaining parts from the planes to be scrapped at the Changi Exhibition Center will be reused for use in the Upcycling Project.
These include parts of the aircraft fuselage, cabin windows, overhead compartments, aircraft seats, life jackets, upholstery and linens, as well as kitchen equipment. such as carts and racks.
SIA announced the Upcycling project in August.
He then said that as part of the project, he would supply retired commercial aircraft parts and materials to various Singapore-based organizations and selected global retail brands.
These pieces can be recycled to create unique retail products and works of art, which directly support educational institutions, artists and people with disabilities, SIA said.
He also said he would donate aircraft parts and equipment to educational institutions to be used as learning materials for their art or design classes.