Singapore Airlines to bring A350 to Christchurch

Singapore Airlines A350 touching down.
Singapore Airlines A350 touching down. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines

The state-of-the-art Airbus A350 will soon become a regular sight in Christchurch skies. Singapore Airlines announced on Monday morning it will be introducing the aircraft onto its direct Christchurch service early next year.

Singapore Airlines was one of the first airlines to begin international flights out of Christchurch.

New Zealand general manager Simon Turcotte says the decision to operate the Airbus A350-900 to Christchurch reinforces Singapore Airlines' commitment to the Garden City.

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class.
Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines.

"Since 1986 we have continued to invest in the Christchurch market and have remained committed to increasing the premium service options available to our customers."

This announcement comes just over a week since Singapore Airlines announced a change to its Wellington service. It now flies via Melbourne rather than Canberra.

A new special companion app will also feature and allow passengers to browse movies on board and create a playlist days before they're even on board. There are more than 1000 movies, TV shows, songs and games to choose from.

The A350 will also mean Singapore Airlines will become the only carrier to offer a premium economy class out of Christchurch all year round.

Singapore Airlines A350 economy class.
Singapore Airlines A350 economy class. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines.

For those in business class, the aircraft has personal 18-inch high-definition LCD screens with complimentary noise-cancelling headphones.

Singapore Airlines has ordered 67 A350-900 aircraft from Airbus, and so far have 21 in its fleet.

Tickets for the A350 service go on sale on Tuesday morning.