Singapore Airlines is adding a sixth continent to its route network in March 2011 with the launch of three-times-weekly flights between Singapore and the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Barcelona in Spain.
Sao Paulo will be Singapore Airlines’ first South American destination. Flights performed by Singapore Airlines will operate between Barcelona and Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport under codeshare arrangements with Star Alliance partner Spanair, facilitating travel from Spanair’s network to Sao Paulo through its Barcelona hub. SIA already adds its ‘SQ’ flight code to Spanair’s domestic flights between Barcelona and Bilbao, Madrid and Palma Mallorca.
“We are very excited about this new service which will help boost ties between Singapore and Brazil and pave the way for enhanced trade, tourism and travel links between Asia and South America. It will also provide a direct link between Barcelona and Sao Paulo,” says Bey Soo Khiang, Singapore Airlines’ senior executive vice president marketing & corporate services.
“Singapore Airlines has been eyeing opportunities in the fast-growing South American market for some time,” adds Bey Soo Khiang. “We are pleased to be able to add a sixth continent to our route network and be the only airline offering direct flights between Southeast Asia and Brazil.”
The carrier currently flies daily between Singapore and Barcelona via Milan in Italy. With the new service, three of SIA’s Barcelona flights will operate non-stop between Singapore and Barcelona while four will continue to operate on a Singapore-Milan-Barcelona routing. To ensure that both Barcelona and Milan will continue to be served seven times per week, Singapore Airlines will introduce three-times-weekly non-stop Singapore-Milan services.
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