Singapore Airlines (SIA) will upgauge seven weekly services from Singapore to Auckland, using Airbus A380s on a seasonal basis from 27 October

SIA says the 471-seat aircraft will replace 279-seat Boeing 777-300ERs on the daily service, while it will continue to operate five other weekly services with 777-200ERs. It adds that the A380 services will revert to 777s during the northern summer scheduling season.

SIA also flies daily services to Christchurch using 777-200ERs.

The announcement of the upgrade comes less than a week after New Zealand regulators cleared SIA and Air New Zealand’s proposed alliance on services between the two countries.

Air NZ has indicated previously that it plans to operate its own aircraft on the Auckland-Singapore route by the end of the year, but has not yet announced a launch date.

Innovata schedules show that SIA is the only airline that operates direct services between Singapore and Auckland.

Source: Cirium Dashboard