The flag carrier celebrates 3 decades of flying to the island city in South East Asia.Singapore Airlines is the longest serving long-haul international airline company at Manchester Airport.
It’s certainly a mouthful - but a significant one as the flag carrier commemorates 30 years of flying to the island city in South East Asia.And such was the operator’s battle to launch a service, it might well never have occurred at all.Martin Friend, sales supervisor for UK north and Ireland, said: We had to project and lobby the Government here to run and it took a number of years to obtain authorization.They at first said they would have to drop a flight from London to operate Manchester, and it took a good few years to reach a contract.
The popular Singapore Girl belonged to their lobbying project, which ultimately paid off when they protected a route in 1986 - twice weekly.But personnel were already here - after releasing a Manchester sales office in 1971, then a freight office in 1979.Maturing in Bramhall, Martin had a fascination with the aircrafts he might see overhead.
So it was fitting that he ought to begin working at the center for Singapore Airlines, 28 years back.He added: When we initially started flying to Singapore the nation was developing every time you went - there was just one terminal then and now there are 3 - and prepare for a 4th and 5th.Back then there were 500 seats a week - there are now more than that in just 2 days on the daily Boeing 777 300 per flights.
And just as Singapore has developed, so has Manchester Airport - with a 1bn change also on the horizon.He added: When I initially began at Manchester it was just one terminal. Terminal Two was built and we moved in there.We are pleased that Manchester is undergoing an improvement program, as it indicates the terminal capacity will match the runway capacity.
He likewise thinks in the hub s nationwide place in aeronautics, including: Manchester plays an essential role in reducing traffic at Heathrow. A flight from Manchester can take you direct to Asia and on to, for instance, New Zealand.And the new flights to China - Cathay Pacific introduced a path to Hong Kong in December 2014 and Hainan will begin flying to Beijing in June - are no hazard, states Martin.
I think the more routes that are provided to various places in Asia the much better. The flight to China from Manchester will match individuals who wish to travel to north Asia while Singapore has to do with South East Asia and the other destinations from there.This year, the airline has actually released brand-new flights to Wellington and Canberra - the capital cities of New Zealand and Australia.
The airline company’s award-winning service and food are vital to Singapore Airlines success.But the operator also has a proven sense of humor - when transporting a curry on a 26-hour flight from New Zealand in order to help set a Guinness World Record.
And in 1998, Singapore Girl even turned up in the Coronation Street bar.Now an essential part of Manchester’s company landscape, Singapore Airlines is here to remain.He added: We’re certainly established and we see our future plans here. For us, it’s about our dedication to Manchester and we wish to be here for many years to come.We are grateful to all the assistance from customers and businesses and we anticipate flying you to great deals of exotic locations in the future."
Patrick Alexander, head of marketing from Manchester Airport, said: With our catchment location of 22 million people and our traveler throughput of 23.3 m travelers every year we are delighted to provide the everyday service that Singapore Airlines provides with its world renowned on board service.Singapore Airlines celebrated the 30th Anniversary of direct air travels with a celebration at Manchester's MOSI Museum of Science and Industry to an event of more than150 travel people.
Ken Garrity, director of Ken Garrity Travel Altrincham was invited.Ken saw the very first Singapore Airlines airplane land in 1986 and has actually flown with the airline company sometimes.
He stated: "I have supported this service since its first days and pleased to see how well it has actually done. The new aircraft are fitted with business class, the new Premium Economy seats along with economy."My customers enjoy the service on board which is second to none, with the well-known Singapore Girl in her Sarong Kebaya consistent created by Pierre Balmain."