HOUSTON — The Houston Airport System’s history of aviation firsts added a new chapter Jan. 17, 2016, when Singapore Airlines landed its first Airbus A350 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Serving the route from Houston to Manchester, England and on to Singapore, the twin-jet featuring Singapore Airlines’ new three-class cabin (business, premium economy and economy) can seat up to 366 passengers, and replaces the 278-passenger Boeing B777-300 Extended Range aircraft originally used for the route.
“Houston has a long history of being a pioneer in aviation and tonight marks a continuation of our long and proud history of being in the forefront of aviation,” said Bush Airport General Manager Ted Kitchens during a celebration of the inaugural A350 landing in Houston. “The introduction of A350-900 into the fleet of aircraft serving Bush Intercontinental Airport continues to show the commitment our airline partners are making to Houston.”
Singapore Airlines and Houston Airports celebrated the launch of the airline’s new route between Houston and England in October 2016, when the inaugural flight between Manchester Airport in England and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston touched down. That new route replaced the previous Houston to Singapore via Moscow operation.
“Singapore Airlines is proud to be the first airline to bring the A350 to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport,” said Dennis Teo, Area Manager, South Central division for Singapore Airlines, when the debut of the A350 was announced in December. “As the world's most technologically advanced aircraft, the A350's many features help us to deliver the next generation of sophisticated and comfortable flying experiences to our passengers. We look forward to welcoming Houstonians and Texans aboard our new aircraft and treating them to the best in air travel.”
Singapore Airlines offers five weekly flights from Houston to Manchester, each with continuing service to Singapore Changi Airport, where travelers have convenient connection options to more than 50 destinations throughout Asia. Travelers flying Singapore Airlines to Manchester also can take advantage of new connections to Paris, Milan and Amsterdam via the carrier’s partnership with Flybe, providing seamless single-ticketing to these three popular European destinations.
Consistently rated the world’s best airline by the readers of both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure magazines in their annual surveys, Singapore Airlines strives for industry-leading excellence in passenger service.