Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, joint
venture partners, have
unveiled plans to boost capacity between Auckland and Singapore
with an additional 35,000 seats between the end of March and
October, commencing in 2020.
Air New Zealand will increase its frequency from
12 to 14 services per week on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft
from 29 March 2020 to 24 October 2020, bringing the total number
of services the two alliance partners operate to 21 per week.
Singapore Airlines will also deploy its larger
A380 aircraft to meet strong demand over the Easter 2020 peak,
replacing its scheduled Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy Networks and
Alliances Officer, Nick Judd, said, “These increases will
allow customers the option of three daily, year-round flights
between Auckland and Singapore, giving customers more options to
travel point to point, as well as onwards to a range of
destinations throughout India, Europe and South East Asia via
Singapore. Tourism from New Zealand to Singapore
has increased by 12 percent in the last year, and we are pleased to be growing our services and ultimately offering our customers
greater choice when it comes to travelling between New Zealand and
Singapore Airlines Senior Vice
President Marketing Planning, Mr Tan Kai Ping, said, “Thanks to the
joint venture we are,
together, able to cater for the growing demand for travel to and
from New Zealand that we have seen over the past 12 months. We are very pleased to be working
closely with Air New Zealand to deliver a greater number of travel
options to our customers between Singapore and New Zealand.”
This latest news follows recent capacity increases
on the Christchurch – Singapore and Wellington – Singapore routes
announced in the last six months, which are also part of the Joint
Venture agreement between the two airlines.
Tickets for the new Air New Zealand and
Singapore Airlines operated service went on sale this week.
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