Singapore Airlines will pioneer a route linking for the first time Singapore to Australian capital Canberra as well as New Zealand capital Wellington. The Singaporean national carrier will begin direct flights between Canberra and Singapore from September 20, with an initial schedule of four flights per week on a Boeing 777. The service will be conducted in code share with SIA partners in the Pacific rim. Both Singapore-Canberra and Canberra- Wellington flight legs will be conducted in code-share with Virgin Australia while Canberra-Wellington will also carry a flight number of Air New Zealand.
The ‘Capital Express’ route will also include a Canberra-Wellington leg in the first direct service linking the Australian and New Zealand capital cities. “We are excited about the prospects for our new Capital Express route, which we are confident will appeal to leisure, government and corporate travellers,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
It will be the first time in history that Australian capital Canberra will be linked internationally to Southeast Asia, a wish that both regional economic circles and Canberra airport were asking for. Same can be said about Wellington. New Zealand capital will be for the first time linked not only to Singapore but also to its Australian counterpart. SIA will also be the first non trans-Tasman carrier to offer flights to more than two points in New Zealand.
The new flights will be operated using 266-seat retrofitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft, that has 38 business class seats and 228 economy class seats.