It seems Singapore Airlines is looking beyond the traditional hub airports with the launch of a new service between Singapore and Düsseldorf Airport next year.
Singapore Airlines First Airbus A350-900 outside the Airbus Toulouse Paint shop (note – no engines installed in this picture)- Image, Airbus
The new route will commence on the 21st July 2016 – as a three times a week service to be operated with an Airbus A350-900.
SQ338 DEPART SIN 23:30 ARRIVE 06:30+1 Monday, Thursday, Saturday SQ337 DEPART DUS 11:30 ARRIVE 06:10+1 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday Commences: 21st July 2016 SQ338 operates Monday, Thursday, Saturday SQ337 operates Tuesday, Friday, Sunday Booked Equipment Airbus A350-900
Singapore Airlines intend to increase the frequency from 3 times a week to a greater number to Düsseldorf at a later date.
The route is subject to regulatory approval.
This is an interesting move, adding a direct route to North West Rhine area of Germany. Currently Singapore Airlines serve Germany through Frankfurt and Munich.
Obviously, Singapore Airlines thinks there’s extra traffic to be picked up for those who don’t want to connect through existing services and would rather depart directly from Düsseldorf. It also opens up a large catchment area to include Belgium and The Netherlands too.
The sign that this route will work will be a simple one – when Singapore Airlines add more frequencies to this route.
There is another option – and that’s Singapore Airlines could operate a Fifth Freedom flight like they do from Frankfurt (operating an onward service to New York JFK) and Munich (operating onto Manchester UK).
It’ll be interesting to see what Singapore Airlines does with this new route once it settles down into day-to-day operation.
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