Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines to boost Auckland-Singapore services to three daily flights
The additional service, along with a revision of current schedules, will shorten connection times and improve connectivity through the Singapore hub.
The new service will operate daily during the peak Northern Winter season (October 28 to March 30), and five times per week during the Northern Summer season (March 31 to October 26 2019). During peak months the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services a week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights.
The airlines will continue to operate one daily return service each on the Auckland-Singapore route, with a third service operated by Singapore Airlines during the Northern Winter season and Air New Zealand during the Northern Summer season.
Air New Zealand will operate its new configuration 787-9 aircraft, offering more Premium Economy and Business Premier seats than its current 787-9 fleet. Singapore Airlines will operate a mix of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs, depending on the season.
Air New Zealand chief strategy, networks and alliances officer, Nick Judd, expects the new service and revised schedules to be especially appealing to travellers to and from Europe, India and Southeast Asia.
Singapore Airlines senior vice president marketing planning, Tan Kai Ping, said the alliance with Air New Zealand had already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations.
“The new flight to Auckland will increase convenience for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to the New Zealand market,” he said.