SIA, Turkish broaden codesharing relationship

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Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines have greatly expanded the scope of their codesharing relationship.

Under their new agreement, SIA will place its code on Turkish flights operating beyond Istanbul to destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

Turkish will add its code to SIA operated flights to destinations in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

In addition, SIA will, on a seasonal basis, increase its four-times-weekly Singapore-Istanbul service to six-times-weekly.

The new agreement is expected to take effect from 1 May 2014 pending regulatory approval. The new deal builds on an agreement signed in February 2009, under which the carriers placed their code on each others’ flights on the Singaore-Istanbul route.

“This significant expansion of our partnership with Turkish Airlines, together with our increase in frequency to Istanbul, is in line with ongoing efforts to expand our network reach and to offer customers more travel options,” says SIA executive vice president commercial, Mak Swee Wah.

“This partnership is another example of how we can jointly do more together than we could each do on our own.”

In January, SIA entered a deal with Air New Zealand that will see capacity between Singapore and New Zealand grow by 30%, and also see extensive codesharing between the pair. This deal is also subject to regulatory approval.