Tue, 11 Dec 2018

Air New Zealand to Launch Christchurch - Changi Flights

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 and Christchurch.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reg: ZK-NZK at Changi Airport in Singapore. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

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, Were 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 alliance.

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.

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