Riyadh Air and Singapore Airlines to Explore Interline Connectivity and More


(04/06/24)
 
Riyadh Air and Singapore Airlines have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for
interline connectivity on each other’s services, subject to
regulatory approval.

The two carriers will also work on other potential
areas of commercial cooperation, including codeshare arrangements,
reciprocal benefits for frequent flyer programme members,
cargo services, customer experience, and digital innovation, as a
precursor to a deeper long-term strategic partnership.

Owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Riyadh Air is a new
Saudi Arabia-based airline that is expected to commence commercial
operations in 2025. The airline is aiming to operate flights to
over 100 destinations around the world by 2030.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 reg: 9V-SMR. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 reg: 9V-SMR. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

“We see huge
potential for strong connectivity in South East Asia and both
Australia and New Zealand through the award-winning hub at
Singapore Changi Airport, while also providing opportunities for
westbound passengers to connect across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
and the Middle East region on Riyadh Air,” said Tony Douglas,
Chief Executive Officer, Riyadh Air. “This relationship is a
meaningful and deep cooperation that starts with a wide-ranging
codeshare agreement and is expected to include a broad range of
areas including digital and technology, loyalty and cargo.”

The partnership between the two airlines will potentially offer Riyadh Air’s
customers with
access to SIA’s network in South East Asia and the South West
Pacific region, whilst SIA’s passengers would benefit from greater access to the Middle
East region through Riyadh Air’s network.

“This win-win strategic partnership with
Riyadh Air will enable us to offer even more options, enhanced
connectivity, and greater benefits to our customers. Together, we
can facilitate the growth of passenger travel between Saudi Arabia
and Singapore, and beyond, via our respective networks, supporting
both tourism and business links,” said Goh Choon Phong, CEO,
Singapore Airlines. “The MOU will also allow us to
find ways to work together to enhance customer experience and
cargo services, and harness digital tools and solutions,
potentially bringing greater benefits to both airlines in
the future.”

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