Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop strategic partnership that is aimed at jointly pursuing opportunities to create greater convenience for their customers.

The proposed strategic partnership will build on existing block space arrangements between the two airlines that have been expanded progressively over the past 5 years.

As a first phase, NCA and SIA have agreed to introduce codeshare services on routes between Tokyo and Singapore after 1 April 2018, subject to regulatory approval. When implemented, customers of both carriers will enjoy added flexibility to better meet their needs.

NCA currently operates six weekly scheduled flights to Singapore Changi Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport using Boeing 747F aircraft while SIA connects Singapore to Tokyo with two daily flights to Narita Airport, and three daily flights to Haneda Airport.

“NCA has maintained a continual presence in Singapore for over three decades, and we are excited to embark on new partnership initiatives with SIA under this agreement. The proposed codeshare service will pave the way for future ventures, leading to greater customer satisfaction.” said NCA President & Chief Executive Officer, Fukashi Sakamoto,

“We value our longstanding relationship with NCA. The signing of this MOU marks our commitment to explore synergies and mutually enhance our product and service offerings for the benefit of our customers. Our planned codeshare services between Tokyo and Singapore represent an important first step in building a strategic partnership between our companies,” said President SIA Cargo, Chin Yau Seng.