Singapore Airlines recently launched new flights between Manchester and Houston starting from October 30, 2016. The nonstop flights on Houston-Manchester route will be operated five times per week. This will be the airline’s first direct service between the two destinations, and also the first ever transatlantic flight to/from United Kingdom.
The inaugural flight made its arrival at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 3.30 pm local time. The maiden return flight departed from Houston for Manchester at 7.50 pm local time. After arriving at Manchester, the flight made its onward journey to Singapore.
A spokesperson of Singapore Airlines said that the new route is being currently served with the help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline is however planning to operate flights on the route with the help of its Airbus A350 aircraft in 2017. Though the exact dates of the A350 launch on this route has not yet been announced. Moreover, the first class cabins being presently offered on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, won’t be installed on the Airbus A350 aircraft.
While Singapore Airlines on one hand launched nonstop flights to Houston from Manchester, on the other hand the airline also suspended its existing flights services between Moscow and Munich, as well as those between Moscow and Houston, on the same day October 30.
Over the past few years, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport welcomed several new international flights. Taiwanese carrier EVA Air had earlier this year added new nonstop flights between Houston and Taipei. The airline also announced that it would be launching more flights in the fall.
Media reports said that United Airlines had also started selling flights tickets to Havana for its first inaugural service to Cuba after being granted approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The airline will be launching its first ever flights services to Havana’s José Martí International Airport effective from November 29, 2016. The airline will be operating a weekly Saturday-only service between Houston and Havana. Apart from this, United Airlines has also been granted approval for operating daily flights to Havana from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.