Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.
As foreshadowed last week, there will be four weekly flights between Singapore and Canberra as well as return flights between Canberra and Wellington using the same planes, though they will be Boeing 777-200R planes rather than Airbus A330s as earlier reported.
The retrofitted 777-200 will feature 266 seats, with 38 of them business class and 228 economy.
Economy class fares will start from $650 all inclusive for CBR-SIN return (3166 for business class) and $469 all-inclusive for CBR-WLG return ($1450 for business class).
Air Pacific operated direct flights to Fiji from Canberra for six months in 2004, but this is the first time the airport has hosted a regularly scheduled international service. It’s also the first time the Australian and New Zealand capital cities have been directly connected.
CAPITAL EXPRESS SCHEDULE (pre-daylight savings):
SQ291 Singapore-Canberra departing 11pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving 8.35am+1.
SQ291 Canberra-Wellington departing 9.50am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving 3.05pm.
SQ292 Wellington-Canberra departing 8.15pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving 10.05pm.
SQ292 Canberra-Singapore departing 11.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving 5.50am+1.
More to come