SIA and Lufthansa sign partnership on key routes between Singapore and Europe

German carrier Lufthansa signed a partnership with Singapore Airlines to cooperate on key routes between Singapore and Europe.
German carrier Lufthansa signed a partnership with Singapore Airlines to cooperate on key routes between Singapore and Europe. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) and German carrier, Lufthansa, have signed a wide-ranging partnership that will see the two airlines cooperate on key routes between Singapore and Europe.

Flights between Singapore and both Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, as well as flights between Singapore and Zurich, will be operated under revenue-sharing arrangements.

New SIA-operated flights between Singapore and Düsseldorf, Germany, which will be launched in July will also be covered under such arrangements, the two carriers said in a joint announcement on Wednesday.

The two airline groups also intend to co-operate in key markets in Europe, South-east Asia and Australia, co-ordinating schedules to provide customers more convenient connections between route networks.

Also in the pipeline are joint fare promotions and aligning corporate programmes to strengthen the proposition to corporate customers and exploring enhancements to existing frequent-flyer programme ties.

In addition to SIA and Lufthansa, the agreement includes SIA subsidiary SilkAir, and Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

The expanded codeshare ties will provide SIA customers with convenient access to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, via the transfer hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

Lufthansa and Swiss will in turn codeshare with SIA and regional arm SilkAir on more routes serving destinations in Asia.

SIA chief executive Goh Choon Phong said the extensive partnership will bring about significant benefits to consumers.

"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," he added.

Mr Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa's chief executive, said: "By working even closer together, we can both offer even better connections and even better services."