Aukahkay From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4829 times:
There are hot rumours going around in the local aviation circle that Singapore Airlines will be commencing direct services non-stop services to Milan Malpensa and Barcelona this coming summer using the B777-200. This comes only months after its inaugural service to Moscow Domodedovo in March. Can anyone confirm the rumours?
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4526 posts, RR: 71
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4797 times:
It would surprise me very much. SQ has quite recently given up on MAD, so BCN seems very far fetched. And while I wouldn't rule out MXP at one point, it seems unlikely that SQ would contemplate at the end of April launching a new summer service, that would have to start in a matter of weeks.
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4423 times:
IIRC - and unless a new bilateral has been signed - Singapore's bilateral with Italy allows SQ access to Rome only. If the bilateral was expanded, I would not be surprised if they dropped FCO for MXP. MXP is a higher yielding market for both pax and cargo. Currently, much of the cargo loaded on SQ's services out of FCO is trucked down from Northern Italy.
BCN is unlikely. And, as HB-IWC pointed out, it would be unusual for SQ to announce a new summer service this late. IIRC the only time they did this was when they scrambled to launch to SXF when Germany was reunified in order to keep the rights given by the former East Germany.