Singapore Airlines’ Houston Service To Fly Via Manchester

Singapore Airlines has announced changes to its Houston service, as the carrier seeks to optimize its route network. The Singapore-Houston route, one of its longest, will be flown via Manchester instead of Moscow (Domodedovo) from 30 October 2016 with a 3-class Boeing 777-300ER configured with 8 First, 42 Business and 228 Economy Class seats.


Flight SQ 052 will depart Changi International Airport at 0235 hrs, arriving in Manchester at 0900 hrs before continuing at 1015 hrs to Houston, where it arrives at 1535 hrs. The return service, SQ 051, takes off from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1915 hrs for the transatlantic hop to Manchester, where it arrives at 1005 hrs the next morning. The aircraft then takes off again at 1135 hrs for the final leg to Singapore and lands in the Southeast Asian city-state at 0820 hrs the following day.


The decision to operate transatlantic services from Manchester as opposed to the congested London (Heathrow) offers travellers additional choice when crossing the pond and positions the airline to better compete against its rivals from Europe, North America and the Arab gulf.


As a result of the new routing, Manchester joins London (Heathrow) in being served nonstop from Singapore by Singapore Airlines, with travellers to the English city bypassing the stop in Germany. The current fifth-freedom Munich-Manchester and Moscow (Domodedovo)-Houston services will be suspended, although both cities continue to be served by flights to and from Singapore.


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