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