History made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express service

first_imgHistory made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express serviceHistory made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express serviceSingapore Airlines new ‘Capital Express’ service has officially begun amid a host of celebrations across three countries today after touching down in Wellington this afternoon following its flight from Singapore and Canberra.After departing Changi Airport at 11:00pm on Tuesday 20 September following a special celebratory event, SQ291 landed at a wet Canberra Airport this morning at 08:03am to rapturous applause from all in attendance. More than 200 people watched from inside Canberra Airport’s main atrium, while around another 500 watched this historic landing from within the terminal.Following the historic landing, Canberra Airport’s Aviation Fire Rescue welcomed the Boeing 777-200 with a ceremonial water cannon salute before passengers disembarked and were greeted by a traditional Indigenous welcome party.Those entering the country in Canberra were met by VisitCanberra and provided with a welcome gift, while those travelling on to Wellington joined other travellers in the departure lounge to continue celebrations.After a short stop of just an hour and 50 minutes, SQ291 welcomed those making the maiden trip from Canberra to Wellington before taking off at 09:53 for the second part of the historic flight.History was made just three hours later when SQ291 touched down in Wellington marking the first time Australia and New Zealand’s capital cities have been connected and completion of the inaugural ‘Capital Express’.Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah said the commencement of the new ‘Capital Express’ marked an exciting new chapter in Singapore Airlines long history in Australia.“Today’s launch of the ‘Capital Express’ is also a reinforcement of our commitment to Australia and the entire South West Pacific region,” Mr Mak said.“The opportunities that flights SQ291 and SQ292 will provide government, leisure and corporate travellers alike is exciting.“We are proud to be adding Canberra and Wellington to our network, and today as we begin our operation we look forward to making the ‘Capital Express’ a success.”The historic service is the first regularly scheduled international flight to operate from Canberra airport and holds the honour of also being the first to connect the Australian and New Zealand capitals.Flights will be operated four times weekly with a 266-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft fitted with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats.The new Canberra services will add to Singapore Airlines’ already extensive Australia network, which includes flights between Singapore and Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Regional armSilkAir also serves Cairns and Darwin, while low-cost subsidiary Scoot serves the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.The new Wellington services will complement existing services between Singapore and both Auckland and Christchurch.Singapore Airlines’ network in Australia and New Zealand is further enhanced through its extensive partnerships with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. Fly Singapore Airlinesbook hereSource = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

Palmer threw for four touchdowns to lead the Arizo

first_imgPalmer threw for four touchdowns to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 48-23 victory over the Chicago Bears, who lost Jay Cutler to a hamstring injury Sunday.Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald for three of the TDs, giving him seven in two games after returning last week against New Orleans from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that cut short his season after just six games a year ago. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Clauson’s long pass on the opening drive of the second half got picked off by Patrick Peterson, leading to a 28-yard touchdown catch by Fitzgerald that made it 35-20. David Johnson added a 13-yard scoring run on Arizona’s next possession that bumped the lead to 22 points, sending Arizona to a lopsided victory after a wild first half.Along with Johnson’s team record return on the game’s opening kickoff, there were two long pass-interference penalties by Chicago’s Kyle Fuller and Alan Ball that led to touchdowns for the Cardinals. The Bears also got a pair of field goals in the final minute of the half thanks to a fumble recovery on a punt and an interception by Jared Allen.All that was overshadowed by Cutler’s injury.Arizona had just grabbed a 21-14 lead when he threw a pass behind Martellus Bennett, resulting in an easy interception for Jefferson. As he tried to make a tackle, Cutler got stiff-armed and landed on his right shoulder. But the Bears said he injured his hamstring. – / 44 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) scrambles away from Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins (96) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) CHICAGO — Carson Palmer is back — and in a big way. Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Palmer was 17 of 24 with 185 yards to improve to 15-2 in his last 17 starts, David Johnson returned the opening kickoff a club-record 108 yards and added a rushing TD, and Chris Johnson ran for 72 yards with Andre Ellington sidelined by a sprained right knee for the Cardinals (2-0).And, coach Bruce Arians gained a measure of revenge after the Bears hired Marc Trestman over him in January 2013.Cutler walked to the locker room after he was stiff-armed trying to tackle Tony Jefferson on a 26-yard interception return late in the first half.That was the biggest development in a game that included several big plays that ended with Palmer and the Cardinals prevailing and Chicago (0-2) remaining winless under new coach John Fox.Cutler got off to a fine start, completing his first eight passes for 120 yards before getting picked off. He threw a 48-yard touchdown to Josh Bellamy. But the injury on Jefferson’s interception return was another big blow for a team that was already missing its top receiver with Alshon Jeffery out because of a hamstring problem.Now, the Bears could be missing their quarterback when they visit defending NFC champion Seattle. That would likely mean a start for Jimmy Clausen, who was 14 of 23 for 121 yards after Cutler went down. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more