Singapore Airlines will use an A350-900 aircraft on its Christchurch route from early next year.
The airline will be replacing Boeing 777-200 that has been used on this route with the A350-900 Airbus, which has higher ceilings, larger windows, and wider body. However, in comparison to the Boeing which has 312 seats, the new aircraft has fewer seats at 253. The Christchurch service will begin in January 2019.
It follows the recent introduction of Singapore Airlines flights from Wellington to Singapore via Melbourne, Singapore Airlines general manager New Zealand, Simon Turcotte said.
The new A350-900 has a standard seating pattern of 42 business class fully reclining seats, 24 in premium economy class with partly reclining seats, and 187 economy class standard seats. The company is introducing premium economy class on the route for the first time.
“The introduction of Premium Economy will make Singapore Airlines the only long-haul carrier offering the cabin daily out of Christchurch on a year-round basis,” said Simon Turcotte, Singapore Airlines general manager New Zealand.
Singapore Airlines has 67 of the A350-900 aircraft on order and has taken delivery of 21 since the first aircraft entered the fleet in March 2016.