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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