Upgrading from the current Boeing 777-300ER fleet that services Christchurch daily, Emirates will be introducing the airline's flagship double-decker aircraft from 30 October 2016 with the introduction of the A380 which will now fly the route five times daily.
The new route will removal Bangkok as an en-route stop and it will allow passengers to travel all the way between Christchurch and Dubai with just one stop in Sydney, Australia. The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).
Outbound EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15 hours, seamlessly connecting with southbound services from European destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Manchester and many more of Emirates’ 38 Europe services. EK412 will stop only in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day (local time). The return flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45 hours, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney, reducing the journey time to Dubai and Europe by about two hours in each direction.
At the same time, the Dubai service to Auckland via Sydney, will feature the opportunity for travellers to explore Southeast Asia or Australia en route as this service, EK418, will operate via the popular hub that is Bangkok, as well as Sydney. Flight EK418 will depart Dubai at 08:55 hours and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 hours the following day (local time). The return service, via Sydney and Bangkok, operating as flight EK419, will depart Auckland at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 06:45 hours.
Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand.
There have been plenty of developments lately with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir over the year. For starters, Singapore Airlines unveiled brand new cabin products on their new A380s and they have also made award ticket redemption with partner airlines possible online (alongside an increase in required KrisFlyer miles for award tickets on Star Alliance carriers). Singapore Airlines and SilkAir has now issued a joint media release to introduce a brand new airfare pricing structure that will begin next month alongside revisions to advance seat selection, FFP mileage accrual rates, baggage allowances as well as the modification component on some fare types - find out about all the changes below!
There will be a number of network adjustments that the Qantas Group will be making to its services between Singapore and Australia - this affects both Qantas as well as Jetstar. The Singapore to Sydney route will be operated by an Airbus A380 (with the latest cabin products) from early March 2018 and an additional flight between Singapore and Perth will be added. Jetstar Asia (3K) will exit the Singapore-Perth route altogether. At the same time, Jetstar Airways (JQ) will also be reducing the number of flights between Singapore and Melbourne.
Emirates is currently running a promotion on their famous Business Class products for travels between 01 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 - booking needs to be completed before the end of 25 December 2017. Travellers will be able to experience the A380 Onboard Lounge and also enjoy complimentary chauffeur-drive services when they fly on Business Class.
A third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland will be launched from 28 October 2018 to boost capacity on this route by up to 40% - this will add more than 165,000 seats between these two cities per year. The additional service alongside a revision of current schedules will shorten the connection times as well as connectivity through the Singapore hub.
Following the devaluation of KrisFlyer Miles on Star Alliance Redemption Tickets today, KrisFlyer members are now able to redeem their KrisFlyer miles for award tickets on Star Alliance and other partners on singaporeair.com or via their mobile applicable from 07 December 2017 (which is today!). If you login to your KrisFlyer account and try to make a redemption booking, you will notice that there are three buttons located on the search results page and you will be able to sort through flights that are operated by Singapore Airlines/SilkAir, Star Alliance Airlines and Other Partner Airlines respectively.
The next time you book a flight with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, be mindful that some of these destinations may be on the Group's low-cost subsidiary Scoot. Customers will now be able to enjoy more choice and convenience when they travel to more than 130 destinations that are served by the Singapore Airlines Group as a result of this new codeshare agreement.
Asia Pacific's best Low Cost Airline for four consecutive years, Scoot, is planning to operate four-times-weekly flights between Singapore and Berlin with the iconic Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval. The low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines will be the Group's fourth destination in Germany after Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, which are operated by Singapore Airlines.
I traveled from Auckland to Singapore on a direct Singapore Airlines flight in Business Class and was served one of the best Book The Cook meals that I have ever eaten in the sky. Find out how this 10-hour journey looks like in photos and why you should always endeavor to save your miles for longer haul flights like these!
When I visited Beijing back in July this year, I flew back from Beijing to Singapore on Air China's Business Class - it was my very first experience with Air China and even though it was quite a good flight (albeit being delayed for 3 hours), it was very different from what you would expect on a Singapore Airlines flight. Since I visited the Air China Business Class Lounge previously and have experienced firsthand at how busy it can actually get, I made plans to check out the arguably more exclusive Air China First Class Lounge instead this time.
The Cathay Pacific Group will be introducing high-speed WiFi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018. This is in response to its customers' growing demand for in-flight connectivity and it follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.