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.