Singapore Airlines Confirms Canberra, Wellington Flights

Singapore Airlines has confirmed it will begin direct flights between Singapore and Canberra, becoming the first international airline to operate in the Australian capital. Beginning 20 September 2016, the Star Alliance member will fly its “Capital Express” route 4 times a week, with a trans-Tasman onward tag to Wellington.


Flight SQ 291 will depart Singapore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2300 hrs, flying south overnight to arrive in Canberra at 0835 hrs before taking off again at 0950 hrs for a 1505 hrs arrival in Wellington. The return flight, SQ 292, takes off from Wellington at 2015 hrs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, landing at Canberra Airport at 2205 hrs for a brief refuelling stop, then continuing the journey at 2330 hrs to land back at Changi International Airport at 0550 hrs the next day.


Singapore Airlines will roster a 2-class Boeing 777-200ER on the route. While not boasting the airline’s latest hard product, the jets will offer 38 angled-flat seats in Business Class similar to that fitted on its Airbus A330s, while Economy Class will have a further 228 seats. The flights will be the first to utilize Canberra Airport’s newly-created international zone and premium passengers will also enjoy access to partner Virgin Australia’s domestic lounge.


The airline expects healthy demand from governmental and corporate travellers on the route, which will offer the Australian Capital Territory direct access to Asia via its Singapore hub. With its proximity to Sydney, spillover traffic is also being targeted in conjunction with Virgin Australia’s “Capital Connect” domestic services.


Canberra becomes Singapore Airlines’ sixth destination in Australia, after Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Wellington joins Auckland and Christchurch on the carrier’s network in New Zealand.


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