Singapore Airlines Looks To Restart A350 Flights To Manchester

Singapore Airlines has announced that, starting from July 16, it will resume flights from its hub at Singapore Changi Airport to Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom. On the three weekly flights, the Asian carrier will deploy one of its 55 new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

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Singapore Airlines will be using an Airbus A350-900 for its Manchester flights. Photo: Getty Images

On its long-haul routes, Singapore Airlines has its Airbus A350s configured to offer three classes of service. In business class, passengers will discover 42 lie flat seats that are diamond-stitched and handcrafted from Scottish leather in a 1-2-1 layout. Premium economy offers 24 recliner seats with added legroom in a 2-4-2 configuration, while standard economy offers 187 seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

Three flights per week

Singapore Airlines flight number SQ52:

The Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to Manchester Airport (MAN) flights will depart Singapore at 01:45 on a Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and arrive in Manchester at 08:30 local time.

Singapore Airlines flight number SQ51:

The Manchester Airport (MAN) return leg to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) will depart Manchester at 11:00 on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday arriving in Singapore at 07:00+1.

It takes nearly 14 hours to fly from Singapore to Manchester. Image: GCmaps

Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced Singapore Airlines to suspended its flights to Manchester, the city-state airline had been serving the destination since 1986. In 2016, Singapore Airlines used its Manchester flights to expand its presence in North America by continuing on to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IHA) in Houston, Texas.

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35 years of Singapore-Manchester flights

When speaking about Singapore Airlines resuming its flights to the Northwest of England, aviation website Economy Class & Beyond quotes General Manager, UK, and Ireland for Singapore Airlines Mohamed Rafi Mar as saying the following:

“Manchester and the northwest region have been a key part of our route network for over 30 years, so while it was never our intention to have an enforced break in service as has happened due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to be able to make our return.

“As restrictions slowly ease, our dedicated Manchester staff are excited to welcome our customers back once more, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding and deep connection with the city of Manchester and its surroundings.”

Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Karen Smart, was also pleased to welcome Singapore Airlines back to Manchester, saying:

“We are pleased to hear Singapore Airlines will be resuming its direct service from Manchester next month. Singapore Airlines is one of our longest-serving airlines, and we know its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the North over the years, both in terms of leisure and business travel.

“We look forward to working with our colleagues at Singapore Airlines to make this returning service a success, especially given the destination’s inclusion on the UK Government’s green list. Together, we hope to be able to relaunch the popular Houston service as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up.”

Manchester Airport is the UK’s third busiest

Located 7.5 miles southwest of Manchester City Center, Manchester Airport was before the COVID-19 pandemic the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Manchester Airport is also the only airport other than London Heathrow (LHR), with two runways that are over 3,280 yards. In terms of destinations served (199), Manchester Airport ranks 13th globally.

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Singapore Airlines wants to resume its Houston flights from Manchester. Photo: Singapore Airlines

Regarded as England’s northern gateway to the rest of the world, the resumption of Manchester to Singapore flights gives people in the northwest a direct link to Southeast Asia. With the resumption of the flight, people will no longer have to travel down to London or make a stopover in the Middle East. Hopefully, once the United States reopens to International visitors, Singapore Airlines will resume its flights to Houston.

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