Singapore Airlines will roster an A380 to Auckland from October 27, it was announced today.
The news comes just days after SIA and Air New Zealand received the regulatory approval needed to start an alliance (see news, August 7).
The 471-seat superjumbo will be deployed on a seasonal basis, reverting back to the current B777-300ER that operate on the route next summer. For a seatplan of the A380, click here.
Flight SQ285 departs Singapore at 2050 and arrives in Auckland at 1145 the following day. Return flight SQ286 takes-off from Auckland at 1330 and lands in Singapore at 1900.
SIA operates 12 weekly flights to Auckland, including five others that are operated with B777-200ERs, as well as a daily B777-200ER service to Christchurch.
With both B777 models offering less than 300 seats, the 471-seater A380 will provide a significant boost in capacity.
For passengers travelling on SIA's superjumbo from Europe to Auckland, the connection at Singapore has a one-hour and 55-minute stopover. The return leg, however, has a stopover of four hours and 45 minutes.
SIA flies the A380 to Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne (until October 25), Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo Narita and Zurich.