Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand are to jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland.
The two Star Alliance members already operate a joint venture and will offer the extra daily service from October 28, 2018, which will increase capacity on the Singapore-Auckland route by up to 40 per cent.
The new service will operate daily during the peak months from October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019, and then five times per week from March 31, 2019, to October 26, 2019.
Singapore Airlines will operate a mixture of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs on the service, while Air New Zealand will use a newly configured 787-9 aircraft.
Tan Kai Ping, Singapore Airlines’ senior vice president, marketing planning, said: “Our alliance with Air New Zealand has already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations.”
Nick Judd, Air New Zealand’s chief strategy, networks and alliances officer, Nick Judd, added that the extra flight would be “especially appealing to travellers to and from Europe, India and southeast Asia”.