Singapore Airlines will operate 27 supplementary flights to Christchurch from 2 December 2015 through to 15 February 2016 as a result of strong demand for travel to the South Island over the summer holidays. During this period, Singapore Airlines will increase its daily service to between 9-10 flights a week and all flights will be operated by the airline’s refitted 777-200ER aircraft. The supplementary flights represent an additional 7,290 seats into Christchurch.
The additional flights will offer increased connections through Singapore from Christchurch to the broader Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network. Singapore Airlines’ fleet of refitted 777-200ER offers a 76-inch full-flat bed for Business Class customers with an optimal forward-facing 1-2-1 seat configuration and direct aisle access throughout the cabin. The award-winning KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system features a 15.4-inch LCD monitor and an extensive selection of on-demand audio and video programmes. Economy Class passengers enjoy increased personal space and legroom in a 3-3-3 seat configuration, and full-service value with free KrisWorld entertainment and a wide range of high quality food and beverages on offer.
Edwin Chiang, General Manager, Singapore Airlines, New Zealand said, “We are delighted to announce the return of our supplementary services during such a peak period for travel to the South Island. Our ability to increase these services over and above those operated for the same period last year is a reflection of the strong support we continually receive from Christchurch International Airport, South Island Travel Agents and the wider New Zealand market. Christchurch and the surrounding region is an extremely important market for us, and we are committed to playing our part in driving visitors through the gateway to the South Island and supporting local businesses with an improved customer offering in the process.”
Malcolm Johns, Chief Executive of Christchurch Airport says the continued increases in capacity from Singapore Airlines, reflects both confidence in the air connections between South East Asia, Europe and the South Island and the 29 year old relationship between the South Island and Singapore Airlines.
“Singapore Airlines increased both capacity and their commitment to Christchurch as the gateway to the South Island following the earthquakes and that loyalty and commitment is felt deeply within our city and our island. Singapore Airlines remains one of the world’s iconic airlines and we are delighted to see our relationship continue to go from strength to strength.”
The schedule for the Christchurch flights effective 2 December 2015 through to 15 February 2016, including the 27 supplementary services is as follows: