Singapore Airlines held a special event marking 30 years of flying from Manchester Airport last week.
The carrier, which is the airport’s “longest serving”, held a “walk down memory lane” event for agents and others on March 31 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
The airline’s first service from the city in 1986 was twice-weekly, operated by a Boeing 747-300 Combi, and since then a total of five different Singapore Airlines aircraft types have served the route, covering more than 50 million miles.
Today Singapore Airlines operates a daily service, via Munich, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Wilson Yong, general manager UK & Ireland, Singapore Airlines, said: “This anniversary marks 30 years of a great relationship with customers in the North of England, as well as our partners at Manchester Airport – both of whom we would like to thank for their long-standing support.
“We are lucky enough to have some staff that have shared all our memories along the way and even as we celebrate this fantastic milestone, we are already looking forward to creating even more history in the region over the years still to come”.
Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airport’s managing director, added: “As our longest serving long-haul carrier we’re pleased to be able to celebrate 30 years of service with Singapore Airlines.
“They continue to offer the 23 million people in our catchment area a daily flight to Singapore with a modern cabin and world-renowned service.
“As the only UK scheduled service to Singapore outside of London, it’s no surprise how popular they continue to be from Manchester Airport.
“As the airport grows over the next 10 years, we hope Singapore Airlines are part of that growth.”
On April 1 Singapore Airlines staff were treated to special gifts and a celebratory cake at the gate.
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