Singapore Airlines’ daily service between the national capital and the island state begins on Tuesday (May 1), with the upgraded Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft offering a more modern and comfortable experience for Canberra travellers.
It joins Qatar Airways in providing a daily international service out of Canberra, with connections to many overseas destinations.
“With daily flights on an upgraded aircraft, Singapore Airlines is reinforcing its commitment to Canberra,” said Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron.
“Their new service will be provided by a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, a more comfortable aircraft that allows passengers to choose from first class, business class, premium economy or economy class travel. For the first time, Canberrans travelling in first class and business class to Singapore will have access to a full flatbed and other features that take comfort to a new level.”
The new service will give Canberrans greater choice and flexibility with evening flights connecting Canberrans to over 130 destinations, including close to 70 Asian cities across 14 countries.
Canberra Airport said the night departure was a fantastic opportunity for business travellers to Singapore, who would be able to hit the ground running when their aircraft landed first thing in the morning.
“With Singapore Airlines’ daily service, Canberrans will have daily access to more than 170 destinations worldwide on two of the world’s best international airlines. It’s Canberra Airport’s goal to continue to explore more national and international services and keep giving Canberrans the best travel options around Australia and the world,” the airport said.
The Singapore Airlines service leaves Canberra at 11.15 pm for a 5.15 am arrival in the island state. Services from Singapore will depart at 10.30 am for a day flight to Sydney where there will be a 70-minute stop before returning to Singapore via Canberra. Flights will arrive in Sydney at 8.10 pm and depart at 9.20pm, arriving in Canberra at 10.20 pm.
Singapore Airlines ACT Manager Hugh Chevrant-Breton said that Canberra travellers would now be able to connect within five hours to 59 destinations. For example, by departing Canberra at 11.15pm they could land in London at 3.40pm the next day, Hong Kong at 11.20am, Saigon at 10.55am and Bali at 9.35am.
He said there were also new inbound connections from Paris, Milan, London, and Amsterdam in addition to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Delhi.
“For Canberra travellers it does mean they do not have to think about the day they want to travel, there will be a flight every day. Canberrans can spend a full day at work, have a dinner at the Vibe Hotel at the airport, then board their flight to wake up in Singapore. Regional originating passengers have the whole day to reach the airport,” Mr Chevrant-Breton said.
He said Canberra passengers returning from Singapore did not have to clear customs or collect their luggage when the flight stops in Sydney.
Singapore Airlines was Trip Advisor’s International Airline of the Year and topped the Ray Morgan Customer Satisfaction ratings in March.
The airline announced in January that it would drop its direct Wellington link from Canberra on April 30 but replace its four-days-a-week service to Canberra with a daily run to the capital on May 1.