SINGAPORE Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 aircraft touched down in Perth today after the company chose the WA capital as the first Australian destination for the Dreamliner.
Perth is the second destination in the world, after Osaka, to welcome the plane’s arrival.
Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the decision is another vote of confidence in WA’s tourism sector.
“Singapore Airlines has a long and proud record of linking Perth with Singapore – a relationship which has delivered benefits for more than 50 years,” he said.
“Our partnership with Singapore Airlines has seen Singapore become WA’s third biggest international visitor market, injecting $220 million into the WA economy in visitor expenditure alone last year.”
The use of the Boeing 787-10 will add an additional 38,000 seats to Singapore Airlines’ Perth-Singapore route.
“Singapore Airlines has a reputation for quality service and this new aircraft delivers another step up in passenger comfort,” Mr Brown said.
“It’s going to boost Perth’s profile in our region and build even more momentum for WA to be the destination of choice for tourists from Asia – a potential market of more than four billion people.
“With so many new attractions to offer our visitors in Perth and WA, we’re confident that new visitors will enjoy their stay and those returning will be pleasantly surprised at the changes that have taken place.”
The plane will depart for Singapore at 5.10pm today before arriving back in Perth at 11.35pm tomorrow.