Air New Zealand has added a new non-stop evening flight from Changi Airport to Auckland departing Singapore at 6.40 pm and arriving in Auckland at 9.30 am on 28 October 2018. This flight will be the airline’s only service between Singapore and New Zealand. The flight time between Singapore and Auckland is 9 hour 50 minutes.
NZ 283 departs Singapore at 6.40 pm and arrives in Auckland at 9.30 am the next day. NZ 284 departs Auckland at 11 am and arrives in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 at 4.25 pm.
Air New Zealand operates the Boeing B787-900 aircraft with a three cabin configuration with 18 Business Premier Seats, 21 Premium Economy Seats and 253 Economy Class seats for this route.
Prior to 28 October 2018, Air New Zealand operated NZ281, a morning flight that departed Singapore in the morning at around 9.15 am and arrived into Auckland at 11.30 pm. NZ281 and NZ282, the return flight from Auckland to Singapore, have been replaced with the new evening flight while Singapore Airlines will operate two of the three flights between Singapore and Auckland. In March 2019, Air New Zealand will operate two of the three daily flight till October 2019. Air New Zealand will reduce the flights to five times weekly during the Northern Summers season from 31 March 2019 to 26 October 2019.
This flight compliments the two other flights operated by Singapore Airlines. SQ281, operated with a Boeing B777-300ER departs Singapore daily at 8.55 am and lands in Auckland at 11.25 pm. SQ285 departs Singapore daily at 10.20pm and arrives in New Zealand at 1.20 pm. The aircraft used to operate SQ285 has been upgauged from a B777-300ER to Airbus A380-800 from 28 October 2018.
In October this year, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand renewed their alliance for a further five years until March 2024. Both Star Alliance member airlines launched their partnership in January 2015 and have since increased flight frequency between Singapore and New Zealand. This also included the new Wellington-Singapore service via Australia in 2016, along with increased peak season services to Christchurch. Seat capacity has also been increased by over 25% between the two countries. The addition of the new evening flight on 28 October boosts capacity by 40% on the route with over 165,000 additional seats annually. During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services weekly between Singapore and New Zealand, including the services from Wellington and Christchurch.