Singapore Airlines (SIA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA): partnership for access to a wider network. (Credit: Singapore Airlines, skytraxratings.com)
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have signed a joint venture, targeted at providing seamless connectivity between the two airlines and access to a wider network.
The two Star Alliance members' joint venture would deepen territories in Singapore, Japan and key markets including Australia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Customers will have more access to flights in both airlines' route networks, joint fare products, frequent flyer programme tie-ups, and aligned corporate programmes for a stronger business travel product.
"ANA is excited about strengthening its ties with Singapore Airlines, a fellow Star Alliance member that shares our passenger-oriented philosophy and has also distinguished itself as a true global leader in service and convenience. We have worked closely with Singapore Airlines for many years and we are excited to take this partnership one step further.
"The joint venture will help ANA and Singapore Airlines build upon their reputation for superior service, further differentiating both airlines from the competition," said Mr Yuji Hirako, president and CEO of ANA.
Once regulatory approvals are sorted, SIA will become ANA's third airline joint venture partner, and Asia's first. Singapore's national carrier currently has agreements with SAS, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa Group, and has applied for a joint venture with Malaysia Airlines Berhad.