SINGAPORE- Singapore Airlines (SQ) is set to reintroduce the Airbus A380 on its New Zealand routes, bringing an end to Emirates’ reign in this regard.
This week marks the conclusion of Emirates’ exclusive status as the sole airline operating the world’s largest passenger plane to and from New Zealand daily.
Singapore Airlines A380 to New Zealand
On Wednesday, a premier aircraft from the airline departed Changi Airport. It was heading towards Aotearoa, featuring a lavish space on board. This space resembles a ‘sky-high hotel room’ more than a typical aircraft cabin.
Passengers who’ve experienced the A380 often marvel at its expansive interiors, providing room for extravagant and eye-catching features in the priciest sections.
Emirates boasts a bar and a shower room, while Singapore Airlines offers its luxurious first-class suites.
Airline Officials Comment
“Our suites offer a remarkable experience surpassing the typical first-class cabin. There are only six of these suites on the aircraft.
They feature a leather seat that can swivel between 135 and 270 degrees, a separate fully flat bed, and a sliding door that provides a sense of seclusion,” explained George Robertson, the airline’s general manager NZ.
When travelers journey with their partners, they can arrange a double suite, complete with a cozy bed, providing a truly unique and unmatched experience.
Luxury Air Travel
On Wednesday at 10:25 pm local time, the 471-seat superjumbo, operating as Flight SQ285, took off from Changi Airport and touched down at Auckland Airport on Thursday at 1:08 pm.
SQ286 is scheduled to depart at 3:15 pm and arrive back in Singapore at 8:55 pm for the return journey.
This Thursday arrival marks the first instance since the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the aviation industry, where two airlines have brought Airbus A380s into New Zealand on the same day.
The Singapore Airlines plane features six first-class suites at the front of the upper deck, followed by 78 business-class seats.
On the lower deck are 44 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout at the front, and behind them is the economy cabin. The economy cabin has seats arranged in a 3-4-3 layout, which provides more comfort than economy seats on other aircraft.
The airline upgraded its A380s a few years back, enhancing them with the impressive features they showcase today.
However, the company seems more eager to highlight its onboard service rather than just the cabin product.
“Singapore Airlines has consistently earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, and it’s truly rewarding to be recognized as the World’s Best Airline in this year’s Skytrax awards.
This accomplishment speaks to teams’ dedication and hard work across the entire organization,” Robertson expressed.
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