Lufthansa, SWISS and SIA forge extensive partnership involving JV on key routes

Partnership includes expansion of codeshare ties, schedule co-ordination and joint fare promotions. New Singapore-Düsseldorf flights included in wide-ranging agreement

Lufthansa Group including its subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a wide-ranging partnership agreement1 that will see the two airline groups operating key routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to significantly expanding codeshare ties and deepening commercial co-operation.

Flights between Singapore and Zurich as well as flights between Singapore and both Frankfurt and Munich, are to be operated under revenue-sharing arrangements. New SIA-operated flights between Singapore and Düsseldorf, which are to be launched in July 2016, will also be covered under such arrangements.

The two airline groups also intend to co-operate in key markets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia, co-ordinating schedules to provide customers more convenient connections between route networks, offering joint fare promotions, 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 subsidiary Austrian Airlines. The expanded codeshare ties2 will provide SIA customers with convenient access to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, via the transfer hubs of Zurich, Frankfurt and Munich, with more than 20 new codeshare routes. Lufthansa and Swiss will in turn codeshare with SIA and regional arm SilkAir on more routes serving destinations in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Codeshare co-operation is expected to be expanded to more destinations in future.

Some of the benefits of the agreement will be introduced in the coming months, such as the new codeshare services. Other elements of the agreement that require additional levels of regulatory approval may be implemented progressively through 2016.

“We are very pleased to have reached agreement for this extensive partnership, which will bring about significant benefits to consumers through enhanced connections and more codeshare destinations. Singapore Airlines has had longstanding ties to Lufthansa, which is an ideal partner with an excellent network and strong customer focus. This agreement deepens ties with the wider Lufthansa Group, providing a solid foundation for numerous commercial co-operation opportunities,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. “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.”

Added Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We can look back already on a long and fruitful partnership with Singapore Airlines. And we’re now intensifying this close collaboration between two world-leading premium air carriers with a new joint venture that is in the best interests of all our customers, in Europe and in Southeast Asia. Because by working even closer together, we can both offer even better connections and even better services.” Spohr continues: “Our intensified partnership with Singapore Airlines is an excellent addition to our global joint venture network, and is a cornerstone of our Asia strategy. And all these strategic partnerships will help the Lufthansa Group further consolidate its leading position in all key markets.”

  1. Elements of the agreement are subject to approval in various jurisdictions.
  2. SIA currently codeshares on: Lufthansa-operated flights between Singapore and Frankfurt, andbeyond Frankfurt to 26 intra-Europe destinations; and Swiss-operated flights beyond Zurich to fiveintra-Europe destinations. Lufthansa currently codeshares on SIA-operated flights betweenFrankfurt and Singapore, and beyond Singapore to seven points in Southwest Pacific. Swisscurrently codeshares on SIA-operated flights between Zurich and Singapore, and beyondSingapore to Bangkok.