The Star Alliance carriers will now each operate one daily return service between Auckland and Singapore. Singapore Airlines will also operate a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.
“The operational launch of our alliance is an exciting way to kick off 2015, a year which will see us grow our long haul network,” Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said.
“Our New Zealand – Singapore service is a key to our Pacific Rim strategy, providing our customers with not only a convenient direct service, but great connectivity to South East Asia and markets beyond.”
On the Auckland – Singapore route Air New Zealand will operate newly refurbished Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, while Singapore Airlines will operate the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380. Refurbished Boeing 777-200ERs will also be operated by Singapore Airlines on the Singapore – Christchurch route. Through the alliance, the carriers aim to increase capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by up to 30 percent year-round over time, while delivering enhanced benefits to customers.
In addition to the increased capacity Air New Zealand’s customers can now enjoy codeshare connectivity to more than 50 additional destinations on the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir networks. In turn, Singapore Airlines is codesharing on a further 40 routes in the Air New Zealand network.