Singapore plane upgrade

Last updated 05:00 19/01/2014

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Plane passengers are about to get more space and comfort for their buck on their way to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines has announced a refitted aircraft would operate its daily service from Christchurch to Singapore from next month.

The upgraded seats and cabin interiors form part of a $94.4 million investment programme to increase space and comfort as well as consistency across Singapore Airlines' long haul fleet. In Business Class, the upholstered leather seat reclines up to 125 degrees and unfolds into a 76-inch full-flat bed. In Economy Class, personal LCD monitors will be upgraded to 9 inches from 6.5 inches.

Edwin Chiang, Singapore Airline's general manager New Zealand, said this cabin upgrade reaffirms the airline's commitment to Christchurch.

"The deployment of our retrofitted [aircraft] and rising demand for premium seats will further support the strengthening recovery of Christchurch as the gateway to the iconic tourism destinations of the South Island," he said.

Christchurch was the departure point for South Island passengers and also those from Wellington and the provinces.

On Thursday Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announced a new code sharing alliance which will strengthen the national carrier's reach into South East Asia.

Yesterday it was incorrectly reported that the existing Singapore-Christchurch daily flights were not part of the new code sharing alliance.

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