Singapore Airlines’ first South American route: Barcelona – Sao Paulo
Route of the Week:
Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo
As Singapore Airlines was welcomed to Barcelona after its maiden non-stop voyage from Singapore, the ribbon for the onward service to Sao Paulo was cut by Fernando Echegaray, Director Barcelona Airport; Paul Tan, Regional Vice President Singapore Airlines; Ferran Soriano, President Spanair; and Josep Basanez, Honorary Consul for Singapore in Barcelona and VP Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The gentlemen were then joined in front of the aircraft by Singapore Airlines’ Carlos Arsequell, Sales Manager Spain, and Terence Lim, Country Manager. Meanwhile in Terminal 1, passengers were treated with lion dance and batucada music (Brazilian percussive samba).
Best-washed aircraft in the air? Also in Sao Paulo, Singapore Airlines’ 777-300ER was welcomed with a fire-truck salute…before arriving back in Barcelona to get another wash.
- Singapore Airlines on 27 March entered the South American market as it added Sao Paulo (GRU) in Brazil to its network. From its Singapore (SIN) hub, the airline now operates three times a week via Barcelona (BCN), where it connects with Star Alliance partner Spanair. The aircraft used on the 10,900 and 8,750-kilometre routes are 278-seat 777-300ERs. The airline has served Barcelona since 2006 via Milan Malpensa, but this is the first time the Spanish airport is connected non-stop with Singapore and the first time since VASP’s non-stop flights in 1995-1998 that flights operate non-stop to Sao Paulo. The airline’s service to Barcelona from Singapore via Milan Malpensa continues four times a week to keep its daily frequencies to the Spanish airport. Although Singapore Airlines faces no direct competition on either route, Iberia will launch a seasonal service between Barcelona and Sao Paulo in June this year. Bey Soo Khiang, Singapore Airlines’ SEVP Marketing & Corporate Services, commented: “Singapore 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.”
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