A partnership between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Lufthansa will see the two carriers operate key routes between Singapore and Europe on a revenue-sharing basis, in addition to expanding the existing codeshare ties between the Star Alliance members.
As per the agreement, both carriers will revenue share on flights between Singapore and Frankfurt and Munich, as well as those between Singapore and Zurich. This will also apply to SIA’s newly announced Singapore–Dusseldorf service due to launch in July next year (see here).
Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa’s chiefs sign joint partnership agreement
The two airlines have also signalled their intention to cooperate on key markets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. By coordinating flight schedules in those markets, customers will be able to benefit from more convenient connections.
The agreement will also cover SIA subsidiary Silk Air and Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss.
The expanded codeshare service will see SIA customers gain access to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, via the Lufthansa transfer hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, with more than 20 new codeshare routes. Reciprocally, Lufthansa and Swiss will place their marketing codes on more SIA- and Silk Air-operated flights covering routes in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.
Other collaborative efforts are expected to be introduced throughout 2016, including joint fare promotions, aligning corporate programmes and exploring enhancements to existing frequent flyer programme ties.
“We are very pleased to have reached agreement for this extensive partnership, which will bring about significant benefits to consumers through enhanced connections and more codeshare destinations,” said SIA chief executive Goh Choon Phong.
“This is yet another example of how partnerships can result in more for our customers, as we can jointly provide benefits that we would otherwise not be able to provide on our own.”
Meanwhile, Carsten Spohr, chairman of the executive board and chief executive of Deutsche Lufthansa AG added: “Our intensified partnership with SIA is an excellent addition to our global joint venture network, and is a cornerstone of our Asia Strategy. And all these strategic partnerships will help the Lufthansa Group further consolidate its leading position in all key markets.”