Air lines

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Sin­ga­pore Air­lines is now fly­ing its dou­ble decker A380 air­craft into and out of Auck­land – the first air­line to pro­vide a long haul ser­vice out of Auck­land on the su­per- jumbo. The new ar­rival adds 40 per cent more ca­pac­ity on the dou­ble daily ser­vice. Speak­ing at the ar­rival cer­e­mony in Auck­land, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines gen­eral man­ager New Zealand, Ed­win Chi­ang, said the ar­rival of the A380 in Auck­land will ben­e­fit trav­ellers, the travel trade and the tourism sec­tor in both New Zealand and Sin­ga­pore. “I am de­lighted that those trav­el­ling to and from Auck­land can now en­joy the more spa­cious and com­fort­able travel ex­pe­ri­ence that only the A380 can pro­vide. “Cus­tomers head­ing to Europe can travel all the way in the com­fort of the A380 with con­nect­ing ser­vices to Frankfurt, Paris, London and Zurich and only a sin­gle stop en route – as can those trav­el­ling to Beijing and Shang­hai in China and Mumbai and New Delhi in In­dia. Auck­land Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Lit­tle­wood said Sin­ga­pore is a crit­i­cal hub air­port, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to South East Asia and key emerg­ing mar­kets such as In­dia and In­done­sia. “In the past five years, we have seen eight per cent growth per an­num in New Zealan­ders vis­it­ing the South East Asia re­gion. The in­tro­duc­tion of the A380 by Sin­ga­pore Air­lines and the ex­tra ca­pac­ity and lux­ury it brings, will cer­tainly help to fur­ther stim­u­late this im­pres­sive growth.” The new A380, he said, adds 55,000 ad­di­tional seats in the up­com­ing sea­son. “There has been 11 per cent growth over the past year for Ki­wis go­ing to South East Asia and eight per cent growth in travel to New Zealand over the past five years.” Mr Lit­tle­wood added this sum­mer will be one of the busiest ever for New Zealand. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines now op­er­ates 19 A380 planes to Auck­land, Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Los An­ge­les, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shang­hai, Syd­ney, Tokyo and Zurich.

Cut­ting the cel­e­bra­tory cake: Auck­land Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Lit­tle­wood, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines re­gional vice pres­i­dent South­west Pa­cific, Tan Tiow Kor and Sin­ga­pore Air­lines gen­eral man­ager New Zealand, Ed­win Chi­ang.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines A380 lands for the first time in Auck­land, late Oc­to­ber.

Dou­ble bed on board the dou­ble decker plane.

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