Manchester Airport is to receive its first Airbus A350 routes when two of its long-haul carriers upgrade their routes to the new type.
Cathay Pacific announced that its four times weekly Hong Kong flight to Manchester is to become an A350-900 route from June 2017, replacing its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route. It will also increase to five times weekly.
The airline also flies A350s on its London Gatwick flight.
Soon after, Singapore Airlines also announced it would be replacing Boeing 777-300ERs on its Singapore-Manchester-Houston route with A350-900s from as early as 17 January 2017.
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director atManchester Airport, said: “The introduction of Singapore Airlines’ A350 is an historic moment for Manchester Airport, with it being the first time to have this aircraft on a scheduled service here.
“The new direct services to Houston and Singapore are the perfect example of how Manchester Airport connects to global markets to the east and the west. The commencement of this new modern aircraft not only gives our passengers the latest technology but also an additional class when flying with Singapore Airlines.
“We look forward to it starting in 2017and know it will prove popular with not only our 25m annual passengers, but also our aviation enthusiasts on site.”