Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines to boost Auckland-Singapore services to three daily flights

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines today announced they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Auckland and Singapore from 28 October 2018.
7 December 2017

This will boost capacity on the route by up to 40 percent and add more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities.

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 (28 October 2018 - 30 March 2019), and five times per week during the Northern Summer season (31 March 2019 - 26 October 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.

Under their joint venture alliance that took effect in January 2015 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's Changi Airport has been named Skytrax World's Best Airport for the past five years and with connection times with European services now three hours or less this is a very comfortable and convenient transit stop for travellers in both directions."

Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Mr Tan Kai Ping, said: "Our alliance with Air New Zealand has already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations. We are proud of the alliance's three destinations in New Zealand - Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The new flight to Auckland will increase convenience for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to the New Zealand market."

The new joint service and revised flight schedules are subject to regulatory approvals.

Tickets for the new Auckland-Singapore service will be on sale from tomorrow (8 December 2017).

New Flight Schedules

Flight Number

SQ/NZ 282

Route

AKL-SIN

Departs

1:20am

Arrives

6:45am

Aircraft

Boeing 777 / Boeing 787-9


Flight Number

NZ 284

Route

AKL-SIN

Departs

11:05am

Arrives

4:30pm

Aircraft

Boeing 787-9


Flight Number

SQ286*

Route

AKL-SIN

Departs

3:35pm

Arrives

9:00pm

Aircraft

Airbus A380*


Flight Number

SQ/NZ 281

Route

SIN-AKL

Departs

8:45am

Arrives

11:35pm

Aircraft

Boeing 777 / Boeing 787-9


Flight Number

NZ 283

Route

SIN-AKL

Departs

6:40pm

Arrives

9:30am (+1)

Aircraft

Boeing 787-9


Flight Number

SQ285*

Route

SIN-AKL

Departs

10:45pm

Arrives

1:40pm (+1)

Aircraft

Airbus A380*


*Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER between April and October.

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Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320

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