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Only two airlines worth mentioning dont offer routes from Moscow to Singapore even if, like Lufthansa and British Airways, they are the long way round via their European hubs and expensive to boot. The ones who dont fly you to Singapore this summer are Aeroflot and, surprisingly, the five stars rated Malaysian Airlines who have not entered the Russian market yet.

Transaero is the only airline flying direct and then only once a week. Frequent flyers have to take their pick between Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore International Airlines and Thai Airways all priced in a range 28,000 to 30,000 rubles for a round trip economy class ticket.

Options that flash up on the web flight search sites include KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa all with tickets about double the price, which is understandable as they are taking you west before bringing you east and south.

Which airline you choose very much depends on your preferences, or possibly your frequent flyer club membership!

If you fancy a midnight shopping spree in the cavernous Dubai Duty Free on your way to Singapore then both Singapore International Airlines and Emirates transit the Middle Easts fastest growing airport.

Just as exotic is a stopover in Doha, home base of the highly rated Qatar Airways. The five hour stopover may be just a bit too long for most travelers from Moscow however. An evening arrival time of 19.05 is not conducive to sightsseeing, even if you could get out of the airport.

All these flights and those of Thai Airways originate in Domodedova, Moscows most modern airport, conveniently linked by express train from the centre of Moscow.

Despite the plethora of flights Thai Airways seems to rise above them all. Although it is marginally more expensive than some others, it is considerably more cost effective than the European connections; it is favored by frequent travelers between Moscow and Singapore.

The reason?

Its long haul flight to Bangkok with its renowned service lets travelers get a good overnight rest and a quick short haul connection to Singapore gets them into the city refreshed and ready for business.

The routes via the Gulf make for a very broken journey, said one Singaporean. The flights via Dubai for example, six hours on both legs, and constantly being offered food do not let you get a proper rest. With Thai, I get a good sleep on the flight to Bangkok.

Then its a pleasant transit through South East Asias most modern airport, Suvarnabhumi at Bangkok and a convenient short haul leg to Singapores Changi.

Thai Airways makes much of its modern fleet of Boeing 777-200ER, Airbus 340-500s and the worlds longest range aircraft, the Airbus 340-600.

Thai Airways offers Royal First, Royal Silk and Economy Class. All three classes offer commodious seating with a wide range of entertainment programs for those who prefer not to sleep. The gracious in-flight service reeks of renowned Thai hospitality with choices of menu in all classes.

But whatever airline you end up flying, vibrant Singapore with its emerging role as a world financial hub, where Asias movers and shakers rub shoulders and an unrivalled shopping and dining tourist destination, awaits you.

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