AIR FRANCE-KLM signed a memorandum with Singapore Airlines and regional subsidiary SilkAir to codeshare on each other’s flights from April 27 onwards.
The deal means Air France will add its “AF” designator code to flights operated by Singapore Airlines on routes beyond Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney.
The codesharing will also extend to SilkAir-operated flights to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Phuket.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines will use its “SQ” code on Air France-operated flights beyond Paris-Charles de Gaulle to 10 destinations including Aberdeen, Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Lyon, and Madrid.
According to Reuters, the deal follows a similar move by rivals Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific as European airlines battle against Gulf airlines.
The success of airlines such as Emirates and Etihad has caused European carriers to cease routes to the Middle East, Asia, and particularly, India.
Air France-KLM group senior vice-president alliances Patrick Roux said in a statement: “This kind of partnership is part of our aim to expand our market position and increase our range of destinations for our customers all around the world.”
Codesharing is an interline partnership where one carrier markets service and places its code on another carrier’s flights. This means a carrier can service a route they wouldn’t otherwise offer on their structure.
In the case of Singapore Airlines and Air France, both airlines will be able to offer their customers seamless transfers on their shared routes with only one booking and a one-stop luggage check-in through to their final destination.
On top of that, both carriers also examine the possibility for Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue and Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer members to earn and redeem miles when traveling on the codeshare flight segments.