Flying in style from Manchester with Singapore Airlines

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It took Singapore Airlines several years to be given the rights to fly from Manchester, after previous applications to operate the route were turned down by the British Government in both 1983 and 1983. The flight started out as two weekly, versus today’s daily via Munich, services.

In 1996, the Singapore Girl appeared in a couple of episodes of Coronation Street. Character ‘ALEC GILROY’ was Manager of ‘SUNLINERS’ travel agent on Rosamund St at the time and a cut out of the Singapore Girl appeared on set and in shot in a few separate episodes.

In April 2008, Singapore Airlines was involved in a World Guinness Record attempt for the world’s longest distance curry take-away. An order was placed with a curry house in Christchurch, New Zealand and flown all the way to Manchester. The dish was a vegetable biryani as this did not required extra health certificates for its ingredients; the naan bread could not be imported though since it contained both milk and eggs. The cost of the import was around £300 and the curry had to be frozen and packed in dry ice for the 26 hour journey to Manchester but on arrival it was reheated and enjoyed by the Daily Sport newspaper’s team.

The flight’s current route via Munich launched in 2010 and since December 2015, all flights operating to/from Manchester have featured newly refitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring next generation cabins across all classes, as well as the introduction of the brand new premium economy cabin.

The aircraft operating daily services is fitted with latest suite of cabin products. Premium Economy is the newest cabin available. Offering more space, comfort and convenience, the dedicated cabin has been designed in conjunction with leading British design firm James Park Associates – No two adjacent seats share the same stitching detail and each leather seat has 38 inches of legroom, calf and foot rest and 8 inch-recline for even greater relaxation.

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The upgraded aircraft have been progressively introduced and are now available every day for customers flying from Manchester to destinations, including Singapore and beyond.

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Emirates returns to Erbil

Erbil_International_AirportStarting 15 August 2015, Emirates will operate A330-200 service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Iraqi city Erbil. Currently Emirates operates services to Basra, and flights to Erbil were disrupted by conflict. However, after comprehensive analysis and risk assessments, Emirates will recommence services to Erbil.

Etihad to offer No 1 Traveller for Edinburgh Lounge Access

No.1 Edinburgh - Hero ImageEarlier this year, No.1 Traveller opened its first lounge at Edinburgh airport. Its features include the new “Touchdown” service that’s designed to offer rapid access to a desk with internet to those in a hurry, also fully-tended bar, concierge service, and “Drive to Runway”, a chauffeur-driven airport transfers. Starting from July 2015, all Etihad business class passengers and Etihad Guest cardholders can enter the new No.1 Edinburgh lounge for free. Both Etihad and No.1 Traveller are delighted to have partnered up to offer high-quality facilities and best possible experience to their guests.

Qatar announces opening of First Class lounge at Hamad International

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London City to undergo a £200 million expansion

As Newham Council gives approval for the expansion of London City airport, in the future passengers are to enjoy access to 58% more flights as well as improved facilities. Expansion plans currently include extending the terminal as well as adding a new taxi-way and more parking stands for larger aircraft.

As part of the £200 million investment, the airport will be able to increase capacity from up to 70,000 to up to 111,000 flights a year. In addition, it is also set to create 1,500 jobs, boost short-haul capacity and increase the economic impact to £1.5 billion a year by 2023.

New SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge now at Sydney Airport

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During their visit customers can benefit from a selection of facilities and features both for business and relaxation, including a Champagne and wine bar, a wellness centre with showers and massage chairs, a television room, a business area with printer, wifi access and an electrical socket by every seat.

Icelandair announces Heathrow Terminal 2 move date

Icelandair’s passengers travelling from London Heathrow will soon be able to enjoy the wide range of facilities available at Terminal 2, as the airline moves its operations from Terminal 1 to the Queen’s Terminal on 25 March 2015.

The move will allow customers to benefit from such features as faster check-in and security, easier connections, enjoy an improved departures lounge, free wi-fi as well as a broad selection of shopping and dining options, including 33 retail brands and 17 restaurants.

BA to switch to Gatwick South Terminal in 2016

British Airways customers will have an opportunity to take advantage of direct access to trains to and from central London as the airline announces it will be moving to Gatwick’s South Terminal in November 2016. A new BA check-in area and Executive Club lounge will be constructed at the South Terminal as part of the move. Currently the airline operates from Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Find out more about the new BA lounge at Schiphol

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Designed by international interiors group Graven, the lounge benefits from elegant and contemporary design featuring Boss and Morgan furnishings, Foscarini and Mooi Sphere lighting and more.

The lounge offers guests an opportunity to relax and enjoy some light bites as well as complementary wines, spirits and soft drinks at the new deli area. While those in the mood for work can take advantage of wireless printing and the availability of power points at most of the seats.

Enjoy Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food with No. 1 Traveller

As part of No. 1 Traveller’s exclusive partnership with Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, guests can now take advantage of saving on their pre-flight dining experience. The offer allows passengers to enjoy a dining package from the celebrity chef at a discounted price of £30 per adult and £15 per child.

The package includes a two-course meal, coffee, an alcoholic drink as well as free Wi-Fi access, unlimited soft drinks for children and more. Passengers choose from a selection of magazines to take on board their flight and enjoy panoramic views of the runway, from the restaurant’s location at Heathrow Terminal 5.

For more information regarding the menu choices, special requirements and group bookings, please contact JTA Travel Management on 0121 508 5544.