Singapore Airlines today became the first airline in South East Asia to start scheduled, non-stop services between Singapore and Cape Town.
SIA has converted one of its thrice-weekly Cape Town services via Johannesburg to a non-stop flight, reducing travel time between Cape Town and Singapore by about two hours. Consequently, the service to Johannesburg will continue as a turn-around flight.
On Wednesdays, SQ482 will depart Singapore at 0130 hours and arrive in Cape Town at 0725 hours. SQ481 will depart Cape Town at midday and arrive in Singapore at 0540 hours on Thursdays.
Flights on Mondays and Fridays will continue to be operated via Johannesburg.
SIA’s Executive Vice President Marketing and the Regions, Mr Huang Cheng Eng, commented: “The Boeing 777ER is a very efficient, long-haul aircraft and it gives us the capability to launch non-stop services to Cape Town. It is yet another first from Singapore Airlines.
“These services will increase our capacity into South Africa and enable us to expand tourism and business links between South Africa and Singapore, and will provide a one-stop service for our passengers in North Asia, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand,” said Mr Huang.
All flights to and from South Africa are operated by the Boeing 777-200ER in a two-class configuration. SIA’s Raffles Class SpaceBeds are fitted on this aircraft, and customers in both classes can enjoy full audio and video-on-demand on their KrisWorld personnal entertainment system, including over 400 entertainment options, such as movies, TV programmes, CD audio, Nintendo games and Multiplayer games.
With this non-stop flight to Cape Town, SIA will operate eight weekly services between Singapore and South Africa: daily non-stop services between Singapore and Johannesburg, with two of these services continuing to Cape Town, and from today, a Wednesday non-stop flight to Cape Town. This is an overall increase to South Africa of one weekly flight.