Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Singapore and Christchurch took off from Changi Airport on 1 December 2019, marking the start of its five times weekly seasonal service, which will operate until 22 February 2020.
The inaugural flight departed at 6.40pm and landed in Christchurch around 9.35am (all times local). The services will be operated with Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering increased capacity across its cabins.
The increased demand has translated into strong performance on Air New Zealand’s flights, which saw a 116 per cent jump in the number of passengers on its New Zealand-Singapore routes between July 2019 and November 2019, compared to the same period last year. Similarly, the airline’s Singapore-New Zealand routes grew by 68.7 per cent.
The launch of the seasonal service follows recent plans to increase capacity between Auckland and Singapore from end-March to October, commencing in 2020, as part of the joint venture alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.