22 Sep 2016
Airservices air traffic controllers and aviation rescue fire fighters welcomed the inaugural Singapore Airlines’ international flight to the nation’s capital on 21 September.
Once landed, a Canberra tower controller welcomed the flight with a special message with the aircraft’s clearance to the gate.
“Singapore 2-9-1, good morning, Canberra Ground. On behalf of Airservices Canberra Tower, congratulations on your inaugural flight to the nation’s capital. Welcome to Canberra,” was the radio call which was swiftly acknowledged by the flight crew.
Waiting along its path to the gate were two of Canberra’s Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) Panther Mk8 ultra-large fire vehicles, which formed a ceremonial water arch salute for the aircraft to pass under.
Upon arriving at the gate, Airservices fire fighters were first to board the flight responding to a medical emergency, treating one of the arriving passengers. The response further highlights the value Airservices fire fighting service has at major airports.
After about two hours on the ground in Canberra, the flight departed for New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, on another inaugural service for the airline.
The Singapore-Canberra-Wellington rotation, which the airline dubs the ‘Capital Express’, is due to operate four times a week.
A video of the ARFFS monitor cross, with the audio from the tower, has been published on Airservices YouTube channel, AirservicesTV.