Air New Zealand has unveiled plans to launch
direct flights between Singapore and
Christchurch from December 2019.
The airline will
operate a five times weekly seasonal service between Singapore and
Christchurch from 1 December 2019 to 22 February 2020 using new
configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Up to now,
Singapore Airlines has been operating the seasonal service thrice weekly, in addition to its daily service between Singapore
The increase in seasonal
services to Christchurch follows approval for the two airlines to
extend their joint venture alliance for a further five years until March 2024.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and
Alliances Officer Nick Judd, said,
“We’re deploying our larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on
the route which will increase capacity as well as add more premium
seating to the route. With the growth in frequency of the seasonal
service to five times weekly, these changes will ultimately
deliver greater choice, great connectivity beyond Singapore and
increased connections into the domestic New Zealand network.”
In addition to Christchurch services, Air New
Zealand and Singapore Airlines also offer three daily services
between Auckland and Singapore and four times weekly service
between Wellington and Singapore via Australia under their joint
Air New Zealand Head of South and South East
Asia Jenni Martin added, “We have seen strong demand for travel to
New Zealand in the South and South East Asia market recently, and
we expect these seasonal services and the increase in frequency
during the peak season will appeal to travellers in this region.”
Tickets for the new Air New Zealand
operated service will go on sale from 23 January 2019.
Air New Zealand,