The new deal, which follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January, covers joint operations on routes between Singapore and Scandinavia.
Subject to regulatory approval, the Star Alliance partners will co-ordinate flight schedules and sales activities for services connecting Singapore’s Changi airport with both Denmark and Sweden. SIA and SAS currently operate three weekly codeshare flights between Singapore and Copenhagen, while a new route connecting Changi to Stockholm is also being planned.
“We are pleased that the joint venture agreement is now signed and we can proceed with expanding our partnership and thereby also improve the service and benefits for Scandinavian travellers. Singapore Airlines will be a vital part of our Asian strategy and we look forward to jointly explore further growth opportunities in this exciting and important market,” said Rickard Gustafson, President & CEO of SAS.
“This agreement is a win-win for SIA and SAS, and benefits our customers by making air travel more convenient between Asia and Scandinavia. We look forward to coordinating schedules to enable more seamless connections to points in Northern Europe, as well as Asia and Southwest Pacific, through our respective hubs. When market conditions allow for it we also look forward to expanding frequency between Singapore and Copenhagen, and adding new destinations in Scandinavia,” added SIA’s CEO, Goh Choon Phong.