Singapore Airlines, one of the main airlines based in Singapore, has announced it will be cutting 96% of its capacity by the end of April 2020. Out of 147 aircraft that Singapore Airlines and Silk Air have, 138 will be grounded. This means that there will be 9 aircraft left in service.
In addition, Scoot, Singapore Airline's low cost carrier, will ground 47 of its 49 aircraft.
The routes that Singapore Airlines is cutting includes some of the world's longest flights: from Singapore to Newark, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. With only 9 aircraft left flying, Singapore Airlines may only operate the most essential flights in and out of Changi Airport.
Like many other airlines, Singapore Airlines is trying to cut costs during this global COVID-19 pandemic. They may defer aircraft deliveries such as the 19 A350s, 20 777-9s, 37 737 Max-8s, and 29 787-10s.
Singapore Airlines has joined the multitude of other airlines cutting routes and capacity, such as Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.
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