The Lufthansa Group hopes to kick off its joint venture arrangement with Singapore Airlines from early 2017.

The joint venture has already obtained antitrust immunity in Europe, but still requires approvals in Singapore and Australia, says Dieter Vranckx, Lufthansa’s vice president of sales Asia & Pacific.

In addition, the pairing are working toward approvals in other regional markets that will be impacted by the joint venture, mainly Indonesia and Malayisa.

“Basically we have set the target to start as soon as we have Singapore and Australian approval,” he says.

Vranckx made the remarks during a media briefing in Singapore about the introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Zurich-Singapore route by Swiss, a unit of Lufthansa.

In November 2015, Star Alliance partners SIA and Lufthansa entered a partnership that envisages the two carriers operating routes from Singapore to three German cities on a joint venture basis.

In addition, the the pair will co-ordinate their schedules in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia to provide passengers with better connections. SIA and Lufthansa will also offer joint fare promotions, align their corporate sales programmes and look at ways to enhance frequent flyer ties.

Source: Cirium Dashboard