Singapore Airlines has announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service, with the new schedule meaning SQ291 will depart 55 minutes later from Singapore, resulting in a later arrival time into Canberra and later departure time for the Canberra-Wellington flight.
There will also be a 1 hour and 5 minute change to the departure time for SQ292 from Wellington resulting in an earlier arrival into Canberra and subsequently an earlier arrival into Singapore.
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Tan Tiow Kor, said the timing changes were being made to improve the operational efficiency of the service.
“While the loads we have achieved for the flights in the first 10 months have met our expectations, we believe there are some areas where we can improve efficiency,” Mr Tan said.
“Re-timing the flights will assist in this goal, while also providing additional connections from the Singapore Airlines global network to SQ291.
“The later departure from Singapore will allow customers travelling from Bali, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phuket, and Shanghai to connect to the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flight.”
Mr Tan added:
“As the first airline to operate the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington route there have been a number of learnings that we have taken out of the first 10 months of operation.
“These learnings were fed into the review and have resulted in our decision to re-time the flights.
“We will continue to monitor the performance of the operation and if required make further adjustments where necessary.”