Travellers flying out of Christchurch on Singapore Airlines are
about to enjoy even more luxury.
The airline has today announced it will use its refitted
777-200ER aircraft on the route from early February, with upgraded
seats and cabin interiors meaning more space and comfort.
Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says the upgrade to the
service is another sign of respect for the longstanding
relationship between the airport and airline.
"Singapore Airlines has served Christchurch Airport for 27 years
and the relationship is one both companies are very proud of," says
"The airline has just invested more than $94million in its fleet
and travellers out of Christchurch will reap the rewards.
"Putting the upgraded aircraft on the Christchurch-Singapore
route is another demonstration of the growing commitment to the
service, soon after adding extra flights in over the next two
Mr Boult says Singapore is an important hub for South Island
passengers and freight and the improved aircraft will further
increase demand inbound and outbound, on top of passenger movements
"For the month of Nov 2013, Christchurch Airport passenger
movements from Singapore were up 27.2%, China was up 14.2% and
Japan up 16.9%," he says.
"The airline and this airport have agreed to partner in a number
of off-shore markets in Asia and have signed a partnership deal
with Tourism New Zealand for work in Japan.
"High net worth individuals and business travellers in and out
of Singapore will be even more likely to use this upgraded service
to the airport they acknowledge as the gateway to the South