Tuesday January 17 saw the inaugural transatlantic flight of Singapore Airline’s first UK Airbus 350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will fly on Singapore Airline’s Manchester routes, serving both Singapore and Houston and will be the first commercial A350 flight from Manchester Airport. It makes Manchester the only non-London airport in the UK to have an A350 in operation.
The non-stop Singapore-Manchester flight operates five times weekly and continues on to Houston. Flight SQ52 departs Singapore at 0235 and arrives in Manchester at 0900. Flight SQ52 then leaves Manchester at 1010, arriving in Houston at 1530. The return flight, SQ51 departs Houston at 2015 and arrives in Manchester at 1005. Flight SQ51 then departs Manchester at 1135, and arrives in Singapore at 0820.
Singapore Airlines says the Airbus A350 forms a key part of its new fleet, enabling it to offer customers an enhanced on-board experience, introduce new destinations and expand its current connectivity. It also welcomes the carrier’s new Premium Economy Class cabin, offering a wider seat with more legroom, 13-inch touch screen monitors and the latest Business Class design to those flying from Manchester.
Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines, General Manager of UK & Ireland said: “We are excited to announce our inaugural A350 flight from the UK and delighted to see this happening from Manchester Airport. The launch follows our recent announcement of new non-stop routes from Manchester to Houston and Singapore, and shows our commitment to the economy and people of the North West. It is great to see that by working alongside Airbus our A350s have helped support jobs in the North West and wider UK economy and also allowed this region to showcase itself as a hotbed of technological talent.”
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, added: “The introduction of Singapore Airlines’ A350 is a historic moment for Manchester Airport, as we welcome this aircraft for the first time on a scheduled service here.
“The new direct services to Houston and Singapore are perfect examples of how Manchester Airport is connecting to global markets to the east and the west. The commencement of this new modern aircraft not only gives our passengers the latest technology but also an additional class when flying with Singapore Airlines. We know the A350 will prove popular with not only our 25m annual passengers, but also our aviation enthusiasts on site.”