Singapore Airlines’ previously reported A350 service to Stockholm took off Tuesday, May 30, marking the introduction of the carrier’s second Scandinavian destination to its network.

Unlike its current non-stop flights to Copenhagen, however, the new five-times-weekly Stockholm service has a stopover in Moscow (which also gives the Russian capital an extra weekly service). The overall journey takes about 14 hours, with the layover in Moscow Domodedovo airport lasting between an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes, depending on direction.

The new flights are part of Singapore Airlines’ 2013 joint-venture agreement with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) covering flights between Scandinavia and Singapore, with SAS codesharing on the new route.

Singapore Airlines, for its part, has been placing increasing focus on Europe, particularly with regards to its A350s, which it says “will form a key part of the airline’s fleet in the years ahead”. In January, it began flying the aircraft to Manchester as part of a wider route between Singapore and Houston.

Meanwhile earlier this month the airline confirmed to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that it would be launching a supplementary non-stop A350 service between Singapore and Barcelona this July that would offer a twice-weekly alternative to its existing flights that fly through Milan-Malpensa Airport.

Singapore Airlines’ A350s are currently configured with 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats.

[Click here for Business Traveller’s review of Singapore Airlines’ A350 business class on its Singapore-San Francisco route.]

European destinations not served by the aircraft are also set to receive boosts, notably its Rome flights which will be upped from twice weekly to four-times weekly starting in July.

Details of the new Singapore (SIN)-Moscow (DME)-Stockholm (ARN) service are as follows (all times local):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
SQ362 SIN DME 20 600 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
DME ARN 715 825
SQ361 ARN DME 1025 1330 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
DME SIN 1505 0620+1