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.

Singapore Airlines to increase baggage allowance for golfers

As part of being the Official Airline Partner of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship, Singapore Airlines will be offering an increased baggage allowance to passengers travelling with golfing equipment. Customers travelling between 14 October 2014 and 15 March 2016 will be able to add a Golf Bag, at a maximum weight of 15kg to their standard baggage allowance. The offer applies to all cabin types for tickets purchased between 17 October 2014 and 31 March 2015.

New alliance – Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines

With Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines entering into an alliance on 25 September 2014, the airlines’ passengers will be able to take advantage of new codeshare services starting from 06 January 2015. The alliance will allow passengers to benefit from daily services between Auckland and Singapore provided by both airlines as well as a daily service to Christchurch operated by Singapore Airlines.

The partnership will also enable the airlines to offer passengers more convenient connections to Singapore from London and Manchester as well as give customers an opportunity to experience premium service on board Singapore Airlines’ A380, Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300ER and Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

Singapore Airlines now operating from Terminal 2

London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 became home to another Star Alliance member with Singapore Airlines’ all daily services moved to the new facility on 17 September 2014. The airline’s move from Terminal 3 will allow passengers to enjoy the new terminal’s state-of-the-art facilities including saving time by using 66 self-service check-in kiosks and experiencing a wealth of dining and shopping options.