By KARRYON @karryontravel04 May 2018 WE HAVE TAKE OFF! Singapore Airlines sets off on a new route this morning, which will connect Singapore to Wellington via Australia’s very own city of Melbourne. The new Singapore Airlines service kicks off tonight at 7.45pm when the 266 seater Boeing 777-200 departs the Lion City to arrive in Melbourne at 5.10am tomorrow morning and then fly onward to Wellington at 7.00am for a 12.20pm arrival. The return flight will then depart Wellington at 1.45pm and arrive in Melbourne at 3:30pm before departing again at 4:50pm and arriving in Singapore at 10:45pm. SQ247/8 will operate four times a week (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and provide Victorians with a fifth flight to Singapore as well as access to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Philip Goh, said the increase in services to Melbourne would help to meet growing demand to and from Victoria. “We are pleased to once again increase the travel options for our Victorian customers with the introduction of this new service.” Philip Goh, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific “As well as increasing our flight frequency to Singapore to 32 times weekly, the additional service will deliver another option for customers to travel to Wellington on Singapore Airlines.” Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy congratulated Singapore Airlines on its fifth frequency, saying the new route is “significant” for the gateway as it will provide another 27,000 seats to Melbourne both ways annually. READ: First look at the new Dreamliner 787-10 Business Class READ: The Dreamliner 787-10 is coming to… PERTH! READ: Spacious & wi-fi connected plane lands in Melbourne What are your thoughts on the news? Other stories you may like FAREWELL SILKAIR: Singapore Airlines to absorb regional off-shoot TRAVEL TIPS: What to do with 48 hours in Singapore WORLD’S FIRST Dreamliner 787-10 touches down in PERTH!