Auckland Airport has welcomed its second Airbus A380 operator with the touchdown of Singapore Airlines’ first flight to New Zealand using the double-decker superjumbo.
SIA flight SQ285 arrived at 1120 local time on Tuesday, after the nine hour, two minute journey from Singapore. The return flight SQ286 was due to depart Auckland at 1330.
The airline will use the A380 to Auckland during the peak summer period as part of its alliance with Air New Zealand, reverting to the Boeing 777-300ER in off-peak times.
Auckland Airport’s other A380 operator Emirates has three daily flights with the aircraft, with service from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and onwards to Dubai.