MIAMI — Last Sunday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Lufthansa Group started a joint venture partnership including flights between Singapore, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium.
Passengers can choose from a wider range of travel itineraries and fare products that will be progressively offered by the airlines.
Both carriers have expanded capacity between Singapore, Germany, and Switzerland since November 2015, when the joint venture agreement was signed. This includes the debut of new SIA-operated flights between Singapore and Dusseldorf in July 2016.
In March 2017, SWISS deployed its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on daily flights between Singapore and Zurich. Lufthansa has also announced plans to re-introduce services between both destinations starting from March 2018.
These advantages will improve existing Star Alliance arrangements and organization that customers enjoy on SIA, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.
Flights operated by SIA, Lufthansa and SWISS between Singapore and Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, and Zurich will be included in a revenue-sharing contract between the two airlines.
Mr. Tan Kai Ping, Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, stated regarding the benefits of the joint venture:
We are pleased to launch our joint venture with Lufthansa Group, which has provided a strong foundation for us to work together to enable more flight frequency and enhanced travel options for customers of both airline groups. This joint venture demonstrates what we can achieve with the right partner, and we look forward to working even closer with Lufthansa Group.
On the other hand, Mr. Dieter Vranckx, Lufthansa Group Airlines Vice President Sales Asia Pacific, established:
This is a remarkable milestone for both Lufthansa Group and Singapore Airlines. With the launch of this joint venture, the two premium airline groups are jointly able to optimize the product offerings and high-quality services in a very competitive market throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Pacific. We are very proud to team up with Singapore Airlines, a reputable and reliable high-end partner, giving our customers greater choices.
Last but not least, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have also increased codeshare ties with over 130 city pairs, which are now offered between principal markets in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Pacific.