SIA is showing renewed confidence in its one stop service linking Manchester with Singapore. From September 1, the existing five times a week B777-300ER service via Munich will be upgraded to a daily frequency.
It is a far cry from the dark days of last winter when, although the Singaporean flag-carrier was plying the route non-stop, flight frequency had been cut to three services a week. Not only that but SIA was using a smaller two-class B777-200 on the route which was equipped with an older version of its business class.
By contrast the three-class B777-300ER provides first class (SIA is one of the very few carriers to offer first class from a UK regional airport) along with the spacious, fully flat bed seating in business class. As regular travellers can testify, SIA’s business class layout on the B777-300ER is configured just four across (1-2-1).
In the case of Munich, these extra flights mean that SIA will be flying 21 times a week between Germany (both Frankfurt and Munich) and Singapore. It already operates 21 flights a week between London Heathrow and Singapore alone.
Says Goh Choon Phong, SIA’s executive VP marketing and the regions, “We are pleased that our products have been so well received and we are confident that the additional flights will cater to the growing demand of our business and leisure customers travelling between Manchester, Munich and Singapore.”
It had been thought that SIA would cut flight frequency from Manchester during the coming winter as it has done in recent years. So this development is good news for passengers bound for Asia and Australasia who will also benefit from Emirates’ inauguration of a daily A380 superjumbo service to Dubai and beyond which launches on the same day.
Flight schedules are:
SQ327 departing Manchester 0920 and arriving Singapore at 0740 next day
SQ328 departing Singapore at 2245 and arriving Manchester at 0800 next day
Flights operate with an enroute stop in Munich. Dozens of connections are available beyond Singapore both within Asia and to Australasia.
For more information visit singaporeair.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter