Capital Express Route

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Map of the Capital Express Route

The Capital Express Route was an air route operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Wellington via Canberra. It linked the capitals of three countries – Singapore, Australia and New Zealand – hence the name.[1]

The route was launched on 21 September 2016, making it the first airline with flights between Canberra and Wellington. Flights were operated with the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.[2][3][4][5][6]

A report by Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed that the average load factor for the sector between Singapore and Canberra was about 83% in the early months of the service.[7]

On 24 January 2018, Singapore Airlines announced a restructuring of existing Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flights. On 1 May 2018, the airline launched a new daily service to Canberra, via Sydney. Flights are operated on a Singapore-Sydney-Canberra-Singapore routing. From 3 May 2018, flights between Singapore and Wellington have been conducted via Melbourne on a Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington-Melbourne-Singapore routing.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "'Capital Express' Service To Connect Singapore, Canberra And Wellington".
  2. ^ "Singapore Airlines Launches 'Capital Express' Service To Canberra And Wellington".
  3. ^ "SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO MAKE HISTORY WITH NEW 'CAPITAL EXPRESS'" (PDF) (Press release). Canberra Airport. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ McIlroy, Tom (20 January 2016). "Canberra international flights: Singapore Airlines launches Capital Express route". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ "Singapore Airlines introduces new services to Canberra, Wellington". Channel NewsAsia.
  6. ^ "Singapore Airlines to review 'capital express' route". ABC News. 21 March 2017.
  7. ^ "SINGAPORE SERVICE A SMASHING SUCCESS" (PDF) (Press release). Canberra Airport. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  8. ^ "SIA To Launch Melbourne-Wellington Services And Daily Flights To Canberra". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Singapore Airlines brings first class to Canberra on daily flights". Australian Business Traveller.
  10. ^ Burgess, Katie (24 January 2018). "Singapore Airlines is making some big changes to its Canberra flights". Canberra Times.