The arrival of the first Singapore Airlines Flight SQ291 on Wednesday 21 September 2016 has officially opened Canberra to the world.
Flight SQ291 touched down in Canberra as part of the new ‘Capital Express’ route that connects Singapore, Canberra and Wellington four times a week.
It’s a plan that has been 18 years in the making and one that will open more opportunities for people to visit, live, work, learn and do business in Canberra.
“They say some of the best things in life take the longest, and this has certainly been 18 and a half years of challenges and hard work, but also a great deal of fun,” Canberra Airport chief executive Stephen Byron said.
“We’ve got a wonderful facility and when you’ve got a world class [piece of] infrastructure in a world class city, what better way to service it than with one of the greatest airlines in the world with Singapore Airlines.”
The business community has already begun benefitting from the new international service, with Poacher’s Pantry prosciutto and Canberra Milk featuring in the route’s business class menu.
The ‘Capital Express’ will also give international visitors a better opportunity to discover why almost 900,000 people now call the Canberra region home.
From award-winning restaurants and cafes, wineries and breweries, to national museums and galleries, sports, theatre, music, dance, film, shopping and markets, Canberra has something for everyone.
And now, with the arrival of international flights to Asia and New Zealand, Canberra is ready to do business with the world.