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Air New Zealand’s inaugural Singapore, Christchurch service takes flight

Jenni Martin (pictured fifth from the right), Air New Zealand’s Head of South and South East Asia, and crew members welcome passengers on the airline’s inaugural Singapore-Christchurch flight

Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Singapore and Christchurch took off from Changi Airport on December 1, 2019, marking the start of its five times weekly seasonal service, which will operate untilFebruary 22,  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.

Air New Zealand’s Head of South and South East Asia, Jenni Martin, who travelled on the inaugural service, said the launch of the airline’s Singapore-Christchurch seasonal service will further support the growing demand for travel to New Zealand from the market, where it sees Singaporeans showing a strong interest in the stunning attractions New Zealand has to offer.

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore is amongst the top countries for visitor arrivals to New Zealand and we expect the numbers to rise further. As of September 2019, data from Stats NZ revealed a 5.7 per cent year-on-year increase in visitor arrivals from Singapore, which presents a significant tourism growth opportunity for the New Zealand economy.

“The new service is the latest addition to Air New Zealand’s network covering 32 international cities in 20 countries, providing our customers with enhanced connectivity as we leverage Singapore’s prime position as a key regional air hub,” she added.

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 Singaporefrom end-March to October, commencing in 2020, as part of the joint venture alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Christchurch schedule from December 1, 2019 to  February 22, 2020, is as follows:

Flight Operated by Routing Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
NZ295 (SQ4295)

 

NZ296

(SQ4296)

 

Air New Zealand SIN-CHC

 

 

CHC-SIN

1840

 

 

1100

0930+1

 

 

1625

Five times per week (excluding Mondays & Wednesdays) B787-9
SQ297

 

SQ298

 

Singapore Airlines SIN-CHC

 

CHC-SIN

1950

 

1200

1040+1

 

1740

Daily A350-9