Berlin will be served again by a non-stop flight from southeast Asia as Scot plans to launch a route from Singapore during the second half of 2018.
In the post-euphoria of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the german reunification, Singapore Airlines was launching at the end of 1990 the first non-stop service linking Berlin to Singapore- at that time, the only non-stop service from the German capital to Southeast Asia. The aircraft was a Boeing 747-400 which landed three times a week in Schönefeld airport.
However, after nine years in service and despite growing number of passengers, the route was suspended in March 1999. At that time, Singapore Airlines decision had been motivated by two elements: Southeast Asia economic crisis was denting into the airline’s profits which consequently reduced its network by eliminating a couple of destinations- including Berlin. A second element behind the termination of Berlin-Singapore was a newly signed cooperation agreement with Lufthansa which translated into additional capacity to Frankfurt, Lufthansa main hub.
In the early 2010s, Berlin was against linked to Southeast Asia with German carrier Air Berlin offering a non-stop flight to Bangkok. However, the airline cancelled the flight after Etihad Airways stepped into Air Berlin capital and replaced the route with a non-stop flight to its Abu Dhabi hub.
Almost 20 years later, Singapore Airlines Group is again back to Berlin. However, it will now use its low-cost, long-haul affiliate Scoot.
From the latter half of 2018, Scoot will be flying four times a week from Tegel to Singapore. Each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday ithe carrier will fly direct to the Southeast Asian island and city state with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft with a very low fuel consumption and an ideal capacity for the Berlin market. In Singapore, passengers will then benefit of Scoot extensive network to 61 destinations in the rest of Asia as well as to Australia. Passengers will also be able to take flights to SIA and Silk Air network.
Berlin will be Scoot second European country after Athens and its third long-haul destination. It will complement Singapore Airlines own flights to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. According to the airline, flights should start to be sold online and by travel agencies from the first quarter of 2018.
The Berlin addition marks a further strengthening of Singapore network to Europe. Especially following the announcement by LOT Polish Airlines to also start non-stop flights to Warsaw from 2018.