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Singapore,Turkey : SINGAPORE AIRLINES, TURKISH AIRLINES approve major expansion of codeshare ties.

Star Alliance partners - Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines - have approved a major expansion of codeshare ties, spanning destinations beyond both Singapore and Istanbul.

The two carriers started codesharing on each other's flights on the route Istanbul-Singapore-and vice versa in February 2009.

Singapore Airlines presently flies four times per week flights on the cited route, boosting frequency on a seasonal basis to six weekly flights to fulfill growth in demand, with effect from 30 May 2014.

Turkish Airlines, on the other hand, runs seven times a week flights between Istanbul-Singapore and vice versa which is one of the strategic gateways aligned with its growth plans to South East Asia and Southwest Pacific.

The expansion of the agreement will see Singapore Airlines adding its 'SQ' designator code to Turkish Airlines-run flights beyond Istanbul to destinations within Turkey, as well as to destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America, leveraging the global network of Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines will in turn, add its 'TK' designator code to Singapore Airlines-run flights beyond Singapore to destinations in South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific benefiting from the international network of Singapore Airlines.

The expanded codeshare ties would enter force on May 1, 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

Executive Vice President Commercial, Mak Swee Wah, Singapore Airlines, said : 'This significant expansion of our partnership with Turkish Airlines, together with our increase in frequency to Istanbul, is in line with ongoing efforts to expand our network reach and to offer customers more travel options. This partnership is another example of how we can jointly do more together than we could each do on our own. We are glad to expand the current codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines, a recognised member of Star Alliance. This expansion will serve as an example of Turkish Airlines target to maximise the travel opportunities offered to passengers through the extensive networks of both airlines.'

Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chief Investment and Technology Officer, added : 'Turkish Airlines having placed an order of wide body aircrafts considering the crucial importance of the Asian market is highly appreciating its partnership with Singapore Airlines on win-win basis since Singapore is a strategic market in Asia. With this cooperation we will have the opportunity to transfer our passengers to destinations in Australia, New Zeeland and South East Asia via Singapore by connecting our networks. Reciprocally, Singapore Airlines will have the increased chance to transfer its passengers to Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America via our hub in Istanbul.'

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