Singapore Airlines have announced that from March 2011 the airline
intends to start services from Singapore Sao Paulo Brazil via Spain.
The service between Barcelona Spain and Sao Paulo will be serviced under
a code share agreement with Star Alliance member Spain’s Apanair.
The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below:
SIA NETWORK EXPANDS
TO SIXTH CONTINENT WITH FIRST SOUTH AMERICAN DESTINATION
Singapore Airlines will add a sixth continent to its route network
in March 2011 with the launch of thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and
the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Barcelona in Spain.
Sao Paulo will be the Airline’s first
South American destination. A dynamic metropolis, Brazil’s largest city is an
arts and entertainment centre as well as an influential player in the areas of
commerce and finance within the region.
Flights will operate between Barcelona and
Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport under codeshare arrangements with
Star Alliance partner Spanair. The codeshare will help facilitate travel from
Spanair’s network to Sao Paulo through its Barcelona hub. SIA already adds its
code to Spanair domestic flights between Barcelona and Bilbao, Madrid and Palma
“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,” said Mr Bey Soo Khiang, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Executive Vice
President Marketing & Corporate Services.
Airlines has been eyeing opportunities in the fast-growing South American
market for some time. 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.”
Singapore Airlines currently flies daily
between Singapore and Barcelona via Milan in Italy. With the new service, three
of the 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,
thrice-weekly non-stop Singapore-Milan services will be introduced.
Details of flight times for the new
Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo service will be announced at a later date.