Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to jointly increase Singapore-Auckland three times daily

    Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announced (07-Dec-2017) they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland from 28-Oct-2018, boosting capacity on the route by up to 40% and adding more than 165,000 seats p/a. Key details include:

    • New service will operate daily during the peak Northern Winter season, between 28-Oct-2018 and 30-Mar-2019. Frequency will fall to five times weekly during the Northern Summer season, 31-Mar-2019 and 26-Oct-2019. The additional service, along with a revision to current schedules, will shorten connection times and improve connectivity through Singapore;
    • 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 JV alliance – which entered effect in Jan-2015 – the airlines will continue to operate one daily return service each on the Singapore-Auckland route, with a third service operated by Singapore Airlines during the Northern Winter season and Air New Zealand during the Northern Summer season;
    • Singapore Airlines will operate a mix of A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs, depending on the season. Air New Zealand will operate its new configuration 787-9 aircraft, offering more premium economy and business seats than its current 787-9 fleet;
    • The new joint service and revised flight schedules remain subject to regulatory approvals. [more – original PR – Singapore Airlines] [more – original PR – Air New Zealand]