Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Riyadh Air have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a new partnership between the two airlines.

Under the agreement, the carriers will explore opportunities for interline connectivity on each other’s services, subject to regulatory approval.

They will also work on other potential areas of commercial cooperation, including codeshare arrangements, reciprocal benefits for their frequent flyer programme members, cargo services, customer experience, and digital innovation, as a precursor to a deeper, long-term, strategic partnership.

These will potentially offer Riyadh Air’s guests access to SIA’s network in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific region, and SIA’s customers greater access to the Middle East region through Riyadh Air’s future network.

Riyadh Air is a new airline based in Saudi Arabia, and it is expected to commence commercial operations in 2025.

“Our strategic partnership with Singapore Airlines unlocks significant benefits for our future guests as it grows our network in partnership with the World’s Best Airline. We see huge potential for strong connectivity in South East Asia and both Australia and New Zealand through the award-winning hub at Singapore Changi Airport, while also providing opportunities for westbound passengers to connect across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region on Riyadh Air,” said Tony Douglas, chief executive officer of Riyadh Air.

Riyadh Air is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Launched in March 2023, the airline says it will be a digitally led, full-service airline that adopts the best global sustainability and safety practices across its advanced fleet of aircraft.

The carrier hopes to connect guests to over 100 destinations by 2030.