Singapore Airlines is to switch its Singapore-Manchester-Houston service to a new Airbus A350 early next year, bringing its newest premium economy cabin to the airport.
Flights on the 253-seat aircraft, which features greater levels of cabin humidity, reducing jetlag, will launch on January 17. It will be first time the new generation aircraft has been deployed at the northern airport.
The aircraft will also carry the airline’s latest business class design. The switch from the current Boeing 777 (pictured) does however mean a cut in capacity on the route, which began on October 30.
Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines’ general manager UK and Ireland said: “We are excited to operate the A350, the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet to Singapore and Houston from Manchester shortly. We are now able to offer customers our Premium Economy cabin, which offers priority check-in, a wider seat and 13-inch touch screen monitor.
Stephen Turner, Manchester airport’s commercial director added: “The introduction of Singapore Airlines’ A350 is an historic moment for Manchester Airport, with it being the first time to have this aircraft on a scheduled service here.
“The new direct services to Houston and Singapore are the perfect example of how Manchester Airport connects 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.”