Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have finally launched their joint venture (JV) partnership on October 1, which was originally announced in November 2015.
The JV will cover flights between Singapore, Australia and Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, the four home countries of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, all part of the Lufthansa Group. Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS, will coördinate itineraries and fares and will share revenue on flights operated by the three airlines between Singapore and Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.
While this should have a negative impact, on passengers, on the fares on these routes, the offset is the better schedules, synchronisation, and coöperation between the airlines.
Since the time of the JV announcement almost two years ago, the three airlines have expanded capacity between the three countries. Singapore Airlines commenced a Singapore Dusseldorf flight in July 2016 with its brand new A350. SWISS up-gauged its Zurich Singapore flights to its new Boeing 777-300ER in March 2017. Lufthansa expects to re-commence Munich Singapore services from March next year.
The press release goes on to state
“The two airline groups have also significantly increased codeshare ties, with over 130 city pairs now offered between key markets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific.”
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