Major expansion of current codeshare ties agreed
Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines have agreed on a major expansion of codeshare ties, covering destinations beyond both Istanbul and Singapore.
The Star Alliance partners have been codesharing on each other’s flights on the route Istanbul-Singapore for exactly five years. SIA currently operates four weekly flights on the route, increasing frequency on a seasonal basis to six times a week, effective from May 30, 2014.
On the other hand, Turkish Airlines operates seven weekly flights on Istanbul-Singapore, which it says is one of the strategic gateways in line with its development plans to South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific.
Under the expansion of the agreement, Singapore Airlines will add its SQ code to Turkish-operated flights beyond Istanbul to destinations within Turkey, as well as to points in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
On a reciprocal basis, Turkish Airlines will add its TK code to SIA-operated flights beyond Singapore to points in South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Each airline says it will therefore benefit from the other’s global network.
The expanded codeshare ties are expected to take effect from May 1, subject to regulatory approvals.
Business Traveller Asia
[pictured: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800; courtesy Turkish Airlines]