Singapore Airlines has announced it will be launching its new Airbus A350 service between Singapore and Houston with a stopover in Manchester effective from January 17, 2017. The route is being presently served with the help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The twin-engine A350 aircraft will be configured in three travel classes – Economy Class, Premium Economy and Business Class. The airline has until now been offering First Class on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will however not be available on the new Airbus A350 aircraft.
Providing details about the new A350 service, Singapore Airlines said that Flight SQ052 will make its departure from Singapore at 02:15 hours and arrives at Manchester at 08:40 hours same morning. The flight will continue its onward journey to Houston departing from Manchester at 10:10 hours and arriving in Houston at 14:30 hours. The return Flight SQ051 would be departing from Houston at 18:50 hours and lands in Manchester at 08:40 hours following morning. Making its onward journey, the flight would then depart from Manchester at 11:10 hours and arrives in Singapore at 07:55 hours after an overnight journey.
The move of Singapore Airlines comes shortly after announcing it plans to upgrade its Manchester route to a nonstop service. The Singapore-Manchester route was earlier routed through Munich. The nonstop service will now be complementing the airline’s new fifth freedom flights between Houston and Manchester.
Meanwhile, in another development Singapore Airlines has announced the expansion of its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa Group. The strengthened codeshare pact will now allow the airline’s customers to conveniently connect to more than 20 new routes being served by Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines. According to a spokesperson of Singapore Airlines, the new routes include Venice, Sofia, Lyon, Florence, Belgrade, Toulouse, Nice, Marseille, Madrid, Tallinn, Porto, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Edinburgh, Dublin, Bucharest, Bologna, Birmingham, Billund and Aberdeen. These new routes can be connected through three European transfer hubs, including Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.