Speaking Of Asia

A second hub for Singapore Airlines?

Singapore Airlines has always had the global cachet to merit a second hub and the partnership with India's Vistara, which it jointly owns with the Tata Group, may well give it that opportunity

Some of the stories I most enjoyed doing for this newspaper were written two decades ago when Singapore Airlines announced the purchase of a 49 per cent stake in Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic.

In a tale reminiscent of the boardroom sagas that emerge out of corporate America, the two sides had met quietly in London's Four Seasons Hotel just before Christmas of 1999, and Mr Branson had worked out the final numbers on a single sheet of foolscap, ending with the dramatic query: "Who is paying for lunch?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2019, with the headline 'A second hub for S'pore Airlines?'. Print Edition | Subscribe