Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss kick off joint venture

By David Flynn, October 10 2017

Australian business travellers bound for Europe could find their path lies a little smoother with the launch of a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group.

The agreement covers Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines end embraces flights between Singapore, Australia and Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium.

In addition to being able to book more destinations under a single ticket, the joint venture will also let corporate travellers apply their current corporate discount to destinations flown by the Lufthansa Group airlines.

Lufthansa and Swiss already count Australia as the largest market to which they don't actually fly, with Singapore serving as the primary Australian feed for both airlines.

Earlier this year Swiss launched its new Boeing 777-300ER onto daily flights between Singapore and Zurich, while Lufthansa will restart services between Singapore and Munich from March 2018.

The two airline groups have also significantly increased their codeshare ties, with over 130 city pairs now offered between key markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

It's also a natural tie-up for these Star Alliance siblings, with business class travellers and Gold-grade frequent flyers able to enjoy each airline's lounges, priority checkin and other premium perks.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

13 Aug 2015

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Since this kicked off on October 1 I've noticed it's much easier to ticket First Class fares on lh.com connecting from SQ to LH (and onwards to Europe). Previously you would usually get pushed to Business Class on the SQ flight.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 298

I’ve travelled on both and they are great, The Swiss around the world deal is a favorite of mine. I wish Virgin could tie in some way with Star Alliance.

11 Oct 2017

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Better hope that you have lounge access in FRA, its possibly the most extortionate airport i've ever been in. €16 for a glass of poor wine.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2017

Total posts 67

LH have one of the bet F class products in the market. The level of service is exceptional. Combined with SQ this is good news!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

11 Dec 2016

Total posts 44

With SA having an ownership share of Virgin.

I hope this means we will finally be closer to using velocity to claim for Lufthansa flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1136

"Earlier this year Swiss launched its new Boeing 777-300ER onto daily flights between Singapore and Zurich, while Lufthansa will restart services between Singapore and Munich from March 2018."

Well that's exciting! LH operates the A346 out of MUC for long-haul routes, right? That'd be a welcome sight at SIN!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

Total posts 253

LH will be using the A359 on MUC-SIN.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

Total posts 253

I'm flying BNE-SIN-ZRH (SQ W)-TXL (LX J) next year, though on separate tickets that were booked before this JV was announced. Good to know that my bags will definitely be tagged through to TXL, and I may even be able to get my LX boarding pass in BNE (that I'll change to LX stock in ZRH anyway!)

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 583

I found the separate bed in LH F on the upper deck of their 744...i was quite jetlagged at the time and fell asleep in minutes

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

16 Jun 2017

Total posts 35

Does this partnership mean you can use the LH first lounge in FRA when flying F on SIA raher than the Senator lounge ?

13 Aug 2015

Total posts 39

Unfortunately no, LH/LX F lounges remain for their own customers and HON Circle members only on Star Alliance flights.
Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 399

I wont ever use a 777 when there is an A380 or A350 available in F or any other class

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

Total posts 253

If you don't want to fly the 77W (LX to ZRH or SQ to FRA) then your A380 options are SQ to ZRH and FRA or LH to FRA.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

Total posts 244

Those who hope for VA joining Star Alliance are likely to remain disappointed for a while yet. If VA and Virgin Atlantic are to join an alliance it will be Skyteam (due to Delta's control of VA) and it's unlikely one Virgin branded airline will join but not the other. VA's myriad of owners has made alliance membership difficult unfortunately.

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