Singapore Airlines (SIA) will start flying its Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time later this year, following a major new alliance with Air New Zealand. The partnership will see replacing of Boeing 777-300ER with double-decker aircraft deployed on Singapore-Auckland route. In addition, the alliance will enable Air New Zealand to resume flights to Auckland for the first time since 2006.
Using its B777-200ER aircraft, the service will replace five of the weekly flights currently operated by SIA, while adding an extra two new services to give Air New Zealand a daily operation to Singapore. Daily flights to Christchurch will also continue as part of the alliance.
According to SIA’s CEO, Goh Choon Phong, this alliance is another example of airline’s commitment to further enhancement of airline’s network. This is a genuine win-win partnership enabling Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to work together to provide more flight frequency and enhanced travel options to the customers. The tie up will also enable SIA to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s domestic network while the Kiwi carrier’s passengers will be able to access SIA and SilkAir’s networks to Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.