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Supplementary Services Between Christchurch-Singap

Sunday 8 September 2002


In response to strong inbound demand, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will introduce two additional weekly flights on the Christchurch – Singapore route on Thursdays and Fridays from 20 November 2002 until 9 January 2003.

From 20 November 2002 to 3 December 2003 the flights will be operated by the Airbus A340-300 (Celestar), and from December 4 2002 to January 9 2003 by the new Boeing 777-200 Extended Range (B777ER) aircraft.

“Singapore Airlines has recognised the need to introduce supplementary services to help meet expected demand from international visitors to the South Island over the Christmas season. The new service will help bring international visitors to the South Island when demand is at its peak," said Singapore Airlines’ General Manager New Zealand, C W Foo.

“At the same time, the additional capacity will serve the needs of local demand for travel overseas and provide cargo space for South Island exporters.”

The four additional A340-300 flights will see an increase in capacity of 1060 seats and 52 tonne of extra cargo space. The 10 supplementary B777ER flights will result in 2,850 extra seats plus a further 180 tonne of cargo space.

The B777ER servicing Singapore Airlines’ Christchurch to Singapore route from December 2002 will be the first of this model to operate scheduled services into the South Island.

The B777ER is one of the most technologically advanced and comfortable commercial aircraft ever built. Its open, spacious interior, remarkable level of comfort and ability to traverse long distances has made it the aircraft of choice among the world’s top airlines.

The two supplementary flights will complement Singapore Airlines’ current Christchurch – Singapore service, which operates on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and two additional supplementary flights announced in May this year. The first, which commenced in June, departs Christchurch on Mondays, and the second will commence service in September, to depart on Wednesdays. Both these additional services will operate until the end of March 2003.

In addition to the Christchurch service, Singapore Airlines operates a daily B747-400 service between Auckland and Singapore.

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For further information please contact: Wayne Bowman
Manager South Island
Singapore Airlines
Tel: 021 494 270

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