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Singapore’s first A350-900XWB performs its maiden flight in Toulouse (Photo: Airbus)

Singapore Airlines Set to Bring Airbus A350XWB to Manchester in 2017

Singapore Airlines has announced plans to launch their Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft from Manchester on flights to Singapore and Houston. The flights will launch on Jan. 17, 2017 and will be the airport’s first commercial Airbus A350 service. Singapore launched flights from Manchester to Houston back in October.

Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines’ General Manager for the UK and Ireland commented on this aircraft upgrade saying, “We are excited to operate the A350, the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet to Singapore and Houston from Manchester shortly.”

The airline’s A350 can seat up to 366 passengers and replaces the 278-passenger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft originally used for the route. With the newly added Manchester route, flights operating from Houston will no longer need to stop in Moscow while enroute to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines currently offers five weekly flights from Houston to Manchester, each with continuing service to Singapore Changi Airport, where travelers can connect to more than 50 destinations throughout Asia.

In addition, travelers flying to Manchester can take advantage of new routes to Paris, Amsterdam, and Milan thanks to the airline’s partnership with Flybe.

Last week, the carrier also announced new service to Stockholm, which complements its existing flights to Copenhagen. This route will also be operated by the Airbus A350-900 with a stop in Moscow. Flights are expected to begin on May 30, 2017.

By the second half of 2017, at least two carriers will be operating the A350XWB out of Manchester, with the other being Cathay Pacific who announced earlier this month that they would be increasing frequencies at Manchester and Gatwick using their Airbus A350 aircraft.

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