Just came across this:
Singapore Airlines To Fly To Moscow
15 December 2005
Singapore Airlines will launch a three times weekly service to the Russian Federation capital of Moscow from 1 March 2006.
Flights will depart Singapore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, arriving at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, via Dubai, the next morning. The return flight will depart Moscow every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mid-morning and arrive in Singapore, via Dubai, early the following day. Singapore Airlines will fly a 3-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft on this new route. (Please refer to Annex for full flight schedule.)
With this new destination, Singapore Airlines will fly 74 times a week to 10 cities in Europe. The number of destinations in the route network will also increase to 62 in 34 countries.
This new service will enhance the already emerging business and leisure ties between Russia and Singapore. It will also increase options available to customers when traveling between Eastern Europe, South East Asia and the South West Pacific.
One of the world’s greatest and oldest cities, 850 year-old Moscow is at the centre of growth in commercial links between the Russian Federation and South East Asia.
Russia is a growing trading partner with the region. Bilateral trade between Russia and Singapore has been increasing steadily for some years, and includes IT&T equipment on the export side, and oil and resources on the import side. Russia is also experiencing high growth in GDP and wealth.
Despite the pace of change and redevelopment of the city’s infrastructure, Moscow retains its enigmatic character through landmarks such as the fortress of Kremlin, one of the world’s most beautiful ensemble of churches, monuments and other architectural artifacts. It is home to collections of art and national treasures that few have explored.
Other places of interest include the 16th –century St Basil’s Cathedral, The Bolshoi theatre, Gorky Park, as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum, located in Red Square. The city also boasts the world’s busiest underground rail transportation system.
“Moscow is a cosmopolitan and international city with a deep and colourful history and it is an increasingly popular choice for tourism and international commerce,” said Mr Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines Executive Vice-President Marketing and the Regions.
“Its outward-looking population will also serve as a desirable source market for tourism in Singapore and beyond through the Singapore Changi Airport hub. We look forward to providing links between the Russian Federation and South-East Asia, the South West Pacific and other important markets,” Mr Huang said.
SCHEDULE OF SIA SERVICES TO MOSCOW FROM 1 MARCH 2006
Singapore - Dubai - Moscow
SQ376 Depart Singapore 2200 Arrive Dubai 0135+1
Depart Dubai 0235 Arrive Moscow 0730
SQ375 Depart Moscow 1030 Arrive Dubai 1700
Depart Dubai 1805 Arrive SIN 0525 +1
I am surprised SIA is sending their aging Regional Three-Class 777s all the way to Moscow. That really is stretching the definition of "regional". Can't imagine being stuck in a middle seat in J class all the way from SIN to Moscow!
The only reason I can think of is lack of competition. EK is sending regional 777s from Dubai to Moscow and Aeroflot doesn't even fly to SIN.