Jetstar announced (09-Jun-2010) plans to launch daily direct Melbourne-Singapore service on 16-Dec-2010. The carrier also plans to launch daily direct Singapore-Auckland service on 17-Mar-2011 - see Route Changes Table for more information. The carrier will deploy two dual-class A330-200s on the routes, to be based in Singapore. Auckland Airport welcomed (09-Jun-2010) the announcement. [more - Jetstar] [more - Auckland Airport]
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