Singapore Airlines launch joint venture between Nordics and Singapore
SAS and Singapore Airlines say they will be cooperating on flights between Scandinavia and Singapore from February 1. As reported, the chief executives of the two companies signed a joint venture agreement last summer, which includes, among other things, the coordination of timetables and joint sales activities. The regulatory authorities have since approved the joint venture.
Joakim Landholm, SAS’s executive vice president commercial, said that the cooperation would “offer our customers more and better options to reach parts of Asia and Australia/New Zealand from all of Scandinavia.”
SAS’s Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines currently flies between Copenhagen and Singapore three times a week. As part of the new joint venture, the timetable will be adjusted to create better and faster connections, both in Copenhagen and in Singapore. From March 31, the number of departures between the two hubs will be increased to five a week and, depending on future market trends, the joint venture may be expanded with additional flights and destinations in Scandinavia.
SAS and Singapore Airlines have been codesharing since December 2010 on a number of flights in Asia and Northern Europe. The codeshare partnership is now being expanded to include additional key destinations in Northern Europe and Asia.
[pictured: Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200; courtesy Singapore Airlines]