Business Wire India
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines will provide South and South East Asian travellers greater choice and increased frequency as part of their joint venture alliance, with Air New Zealand to operate 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 three times a week, in addition to its daily service between Singapore and Christchurch.
The increase in seasonal services to Christchurch follows approval for the two airlines to extend their alliance for a further five years until March 2024.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Nick Judd says the changes have been introduced to meet the growing demand for alliance services.
“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."
“We’d also like to acknowledge our partners in Christchurch – ChristchurchNZ and Christchurch Airport – for their support as we’ve gone about establishing these services,” says Mr. Judd.
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 Asian market recently, and we expect these seasonal services and the increase in frequency during the peak season will appeal to travellers in this region. For our customers in India, these Christchurch services offer excellent connectivity options travelling via Singapore.”
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.
Tickets for the new Air New Zealand operated service will go on sale from 23 January 2019.
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ Singapore -Christchurch schedule from 1 December 2019 – 22 February 2020, subject to slot availability, is as follows:
|Air New Zealand
|Five times per week (excluding Mondays & Wednesdays)