SQ And NZ Alliance: The return of NZ To Singapore

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    Singapore Airlines And Air New Zealand Join Forces To Expand Singapore-New Zealand Services

    16 January 2014 - Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance enabling Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

    The A380 would be operated daily by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Auckland, progressively replacing an existing daily service with the smaller Boeing 777-300ER. Air New Zealand would launch daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and adding two more weekly flights, increasing the frequency to daily.

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    Singapore Airlines’ daily Singapore-Christchurch service would continue as part of the alliance.

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    The alliance would see Air New Zealand’s ‘NZ’ code return to Singapore Airlines’ network for the first time since 2007. Air New Zealand last operated to Singapore in 2006.

    The parties are seeking approval for the alliance from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport. Pending approval, flights could commence as early as December 2014.
     
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    It will be interesting to see the details of how this will work.

    Some obvious and not so obvious questions.

    Will NZ drop its alliance with CX now?
    Will SQ codeshare on NZ metal count for PPS?
    Will the SQ281/282 flights (which are shifting to NZ) be retimed to be a couple of hours earlier to provide better connections?
    When will SQ fly A380 to AKL?
    On days when SQ285/286 are A380, if there are any significant delays then AKL airport will be extra congested with 3 EK A380 + SQ, and only 2 dual airbridge gates (plus 1 single airbridge gate) that is able to fit an A380. Presumably one of the flights would have remote stand and busses (bus gate in terminal is also not big enough for A380 load of pax). Uggg.
     
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    This is just another step in the plans of Kiwis to dominate.... ;)
     
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    I doubt it. Last time NZ pulled out of SIN it was because they found most passengers were connecting on to SQ longhaul (eg Europe), and NZ wasn't getting enough yield to make it work.
     
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    PPS value is based on SQ metal. So I guess the answer is no.

    It would be nice if it's early December. Peak summer and fall travel would justify the higher capacity for the route.

    Agree completely if there are several A380 arriving and departing about the same time at AKL whether the airport has the ability to cope with the high traffic volume of pax.
     
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    Well that will suck. SQ282 is convenient if headed to London, for example.
     
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    They already have 3 EK A380s arrive and depart at roughly the same time each day. But I'm not aware of a 4th gate that can handle A380.
     
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    SIA Welcomes NZ MOT Approval For Air New Zealand Alliance

    07 August 2014 - Singapore Airlines today welcomed the New Zealand Minister of Transport’s approval of its proposed alliance with Air New Zealand.

    The clearance represents the New Zealand regulatory approval needed for Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to proceed with the alliance, which was announced on 16 January.

    The alliance will lead to increased flight frequency between Singapore and New Zealand and provide other consumer benefits, such as improved connections through reciprocal codeshare ties. The Competition Commission of Singapore had earlier given its approval.


    As part of the alliance, Air New Zealand will fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines will operate the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, to New Zealand for the first time.


    The Star Alliance partner airlines will announce operational dates for alliance services shortly.
     
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    waiting for the date of first sq a380 to akl
     
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    yup, certainly opens up more possibilities for me in Singapore !
     
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    I think it reduces opportunities. NZ flights replaces SQ ones, and the SQ flights being replaced have *A awards while NZ never releases *A awards (except 767 PVG flights).
     
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    27 OCTOBER 2014


    Singapore Airlines A380 To Serve Auckland

    11 August 2014 - Singapore Airlines customers travelling to and from Auckland in New Zealand will be able to enjoy the luxury and comfort of the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, from 27 October 2014.


    The 471-seat A380 will be deployed daily on flight SQ285, departing Singapore at 2050hrs and arriving in Auckland at 1145hrs the following day. The return flight SQ286 will depart Auckland at 1330hrs, arriving in Singapore at 1900hrs. The flights are currently operated with 278-seat Boeing 777-300ERs.


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    Dang. Unless my schedule changes I won't make the inaugural SQ A380 to or from AKL.
     
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    that makes 2 of us...:(
     
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