Singapore Airlines: Airbus A380 flies to Auckland from October 27

By David Flynn, August 11 2014
Singapore Airlines: Airbus A380 flies to Auckland from October 27

Singapore Airlines will begin daily Airbus A380 flights between Singapore and Auckland on October 27 following NZ government approval of its alliance with Air New Zealand.

The superjumbo will run as flight SQ285, departing Singapore at 8.50pm to reach Auckland at 11.45am the following day.

The return flight SQ286 will be wheels up from Auckland at 1.30pm, arriving in Singapore at 7pm.

For its part, Air New Zealand will restart daily services between Auckland and Singapore – a route it axed in 2006 – with one of the Kiwi carrier's refurbished Boeing 777-200ER jets.

This flight will operate daily, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and adding two more weekly flights under AirNZ's own steam.

Passengers will transfer at Singapore to one of SQ’s four daily flights to London or the wealth of Singapore Airlines flights to other destinations in the UK, Europe, South East Asia and Africa. The codeshare agreement will also extend to Singapore Airlines’s regional offshoot SilkAir.

In return, Singapore Airlines will stamp its SQ flight code onto all domestic and selected international Air New Zealand flights.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

26 May 2012

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Fantastic for Auckland to be seeing four A380s a day! 


02 Nov 2012

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It will be interesting to see where they park them, maybe the SQ flight leaves before the last of the 3 EK ones arrive.

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10 Jan 2012

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SQ285/286 Arr 11:45. Dep 13:30

EK Arr 12:45/13:00/13:25

So SQ will have to occupy a gate over the period that all the EK A380's will be arriving, though it may push back before EK 434 arrives (at 13:25).

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

Finally a decent operator of the a380 in New Zealand and another 1 stop LHR-AKL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

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Emirates isn't decent?

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

Nope flew BUSNIESS with them and the seats were awkward and narrow. However the 30" wide sq are brilliant loads of space not to mention much nicer cabin crew and there's isn't the cheap tacky feel with sq ethier 

04 Aug 2014

Total posts 35

Also I found the first class on emirate's 380 really isn't as spacious as other first class. Let alone those cramped business class on Emirates 777 

12 Jun 2013

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Dear Air New Zealand:

Good luck convincing travellers in any class (other than premium economy) to go to SIN in your "refurbished" ten-abreast 772 instead of your partner's A380. 

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