Singapore Airlines to Boost Seats to Chch for Busy Summer
12 June 2014
Singapore Airlines to Boost Seats to Christchurch for Busy Summer
Singapore Airlines will operate 18 supplementary flights from 1 December 2014 through to 28 January 2015 as a result of strong demand for travel to the South Island over the busy summer holidays. During the period, Singapore Airlines will increase its daily service to 9 flights a week and all flights will be operated by the airline’s newly retrofitted 777-200ERs, representing close to 5,000 additional seats to Christchurch.
The additional flights will offer increased connections through Singapore between Christchurch and key markets in Europe and Asia. Singapore Airlines’ fleet of retrofitted 777-200ERs 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 additional comfort with increased personal space and legroom with a 3-3-3 seat configuration and full-service value, with free Kris World entertainment and freshly prepared meals.
Edwin Chiang, General Manager, Singapore Airlines, New Zealand said, “Christchurch is an extremely important market for us. Whilst we have always taken a long-term outlook to serving the South Island, it is particularly exciting for us to lay on 18 additional flights at such a critical time for both business and leisure travel to the South Island. Christchurch and the region have much to celebrate and we’re delighted to play our part in driving visitors through the Christchurch gateway as well as supporting local businesses with an improved customer offering. This is a positive milestone for Singapore Airlines.”
Malcolm Johns, Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport, says the announcement of the first 18 extra flights is very welcome. “Singapore Airlines is a prestigious airline which offers New Zealanders connectivity through a major international hub to more than 50 cities around the world, in China, Japan, Europe and South Africa to name a few.
“It also brings visitors to the South Island, which has what travellers want to experience and is our unique place in the world. These extra flights will add thousands of additional seats in the 2014/15 summer and are timed to bring guests here to the Cricket World Cup. The additional services offer well-timed connections for travellers as well as South Island businesses, on the back of the city’s rebuild and increasing new facilities. Singapore Airlines is a valued airline partner of this airport and has been flying here direct for more than 25 years, with consistently high loadings of arriving and departing travellers.”
The schedule for the Christchurch flights effective 01 December through to 28 January 2015, including the 18 supplementary services is as follows: