Singapore Airlines will launch 3x weekly flights between two great European cities, as it prepares to restart its service to Milan (MXP) and add a Fifth Freedom tag flight to Barcelona (BCN).
New European Fifth Freedom Flight For Singapore Airlines
With modern, more fuel efficient jetliners, we have seen fewer Fifth Freedom flights, which are flights in which an airline from one country operates flights between two other countries (as part of its connecting service to its home country). For example, Singapore Airlines operates service from New York to Singapore via Frankfurt and sells tickets between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA) on a stand-alone basis. This is known as a Fifth Freedom flight.
The new Fifth Freedom service between Milan and Barcelona will launch on January 17, 2022 and operate three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) using an Airbus A350-900:
- SQ378 departs Milan (MXP) 07:15 a.m. – arrives Barcelona (BCN) 08:50 a.m.
- SQ379 departs Barcelona (BCN) 10:10 a.m. – arrives Milan (MXP) 11:50 a.m.
(I recently reviewed Singanpore’s A350-900 longhaul aircraft here)
The pandemic has also greatly reduced intercontinental flights schedules, but that could actually result in more Fifth Freedom flights going forward. In this case, Singapore likely did not see the commercial viability of operating flights to both Milan and Barcelona, but this arrangement allows it to serve both cities, even if travelers in Barcelona have to make an extra stop enroute.
Generally, these flights are full service, though at 1 hour, 25 minutes service may not be as extensive as you might expect on a one hour flight intra-Asia.
Can You Use Miles To Book This New Singapore Airlines Fifth Freedom Flight?
Theoretically, this 448-mile flight can be booked with the following programs on a one-way basis:
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 17,000 miles – economy class
- 25,000 miles business class
- United Airlines MileagePlus
- 6,000 miles – economy class
- 27,500 miles – business class
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,500 miles – economy class
- 15,000 miles – business class
But I say “theoretically” because Singapore Airlines has traditionally been quite stingy in opening award space on its own flights to its Star Alliance partners and thus far, I only see the award space available through Singapore’s own KrisFlyer program.
Paid fares are about double of Spanish budget carrier Vueling on the same route, but still cheap enough: $122 one-way in economy class. Business class tickets are about $331 each way.
Singapore Airlines is launching a new Fifth Freedom flight between Milan and Barcelona. The service begins on January 17th, operates 3x weekly, and tickets are now sale.
Will you take this new Singapore Airlines Fifth Freedom flight?
(H/T: Travel With Massi)