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Topic Manchester Airport Forum | News from 2017 onwards.

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Thanks Spike.

The following EWG flights during winter will change to Dash-8 (ex Berlin a/c currently being repainted).

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Hi everyone.

I returned earlier today on the Singapore A350-900 route from Houston having enjoyed a break there and all its attractions.

Outbound from Manchester I found the seat occupation as almost full in all areas, business, economy plus and economy. A few seats were unoccupied including next to me but very few. It was difficult to judge where all the pax arrived from, some joining like myself at Manchester, some Transiting from Singapore and back onto the same aircraft, and some transferring domestically and internationally through where I work in Transfers Security next to gate one.

A very enjoyable on time flight was enjoyed by myself. The aircraft is great and the service and food was as you would expect from Singapore top notch.

My return this morning arrival Manchester was earlier than scheduled. I was out through Passport Control with recognition machines working, bag collected and home less than an hour after arrival was very pleasing although I stress my flight seemed to be the only arrival.

I asked the check in lady at Houston was the flight full. She said yes. My observations back that up, no free seats seen at all in any class so my thoughts are that Singapore are getting things right.

I was aware of low pax numbers on commencement of the route but now wow what a change. Pax landed in Manchester, again Transit pax onto Singapore and also Transfer pax to the rest of the UK and continent, they do use Flybe to Europe believe me.

As a lady next to me said, the fares are very competitive compared to say BA from LHR who use old B772s on the route. The A350 is a winner, quiet, smooth and NEW!! Singapore staff are brilliant and efficient at what they do. The food is great and IFE is good as well.

Do I have to say more the route and product from a regional like Manchester is a winner for the airline, local people like myself having a choice ( ie not LHR ).

Well done Singapore airlines and also Manchester airport!!

Who needs LHR

Cheers from Jim
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This post was edited on Monday 30th October, 2017 at 21:55 GMT
Thanks for the analysis. Good news indeed. Not yet flown on the A350 but I am booked on Cathay in May so I am looking forward to that!

I have a friend who works for Singapore, and whilst he would back up that at the start things were slow, both the Houston and Singapore legs are performing really well now, in terms of load factor anyway, both regularly full. Of course, he has no idea of yield but it certainly sounds promising. A lot of cargo is shifted too which is where the money is.

On the building front, The new pier is going up quickly, and the old terminal from 215 is slowly disappearing.
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Thomascook News.

Due to the demise of Monarch, and joint venture with air transat Thomascook making lots of changes

Standby for fleet increase announcement .
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There is a void to be filled and I'm glad TC are reacting quickly.

No doubt that it is also an opportunity for them too. However, Manchester needs a strong, home based airline and this could be great for both, fingers crossed.
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Emirates A6-EUX with the 'year of Zayed 2018 livery' is on finals. Could be a first visit.
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Thomascook news.

4 ex Monarch A321%u2019s will join the fleet 2 in January and 2 In March further details to follow
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Thats great news, any idea where they will be based yet?
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Thomascook update:
Are taking 4 ex Monarch A321%u2019s and 1 A320
G-ZBAR A320 due February
G-ZBAM A321 due 15th Feb
G-ZBAO A321 Due 15th Feb
G-ZBAD A321 Due 15th March
G-ZBAE A321 Due 15th AprilUk
UK Reg for these aircraft to be confirmed

Condor will also be taking 5 A321%u2019s I will advise
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Thanks 33100.

I have noticed the A330 that was flying for Jet2 is now operating out of Amsterdam to Caribbean resorts. Presumably the Jet2 lease has ended?
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Thomascook News:

G-ZBAM A321 will become G-TCVA
G-ZBAE A321 will become G-TCVB
G-ZBAM A321 will become G-TCVC
G-ZBAO A321 will become G-TCVD

G-JMOF B757-300 currently on check at Manchester will revert back to D-ABOF and will be handed back to Condor middle of next week

G-JMAA B757-300 will go for paint on the 17th Jan Air Livery Manchester followed by G-JMOE
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Thanks once again 33100.

Was at the AVP yesterday (Monday) and saw a TC 767, with titles removed, being taken into the engine test bay, didn't catch the reg tho.

A bit of info on load factors.

Saturdays Hainan figures looked quite good with 250 on inbound and around 190 on the outbound.

I believe the Oman numbers have not been too bad recently either.
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The B767-300 was G-DAJC.. should be taking up its American reg next week before its departure for freight conversion
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Thomascook Condor news:

Cond taking 5 A321s


All these will route through the manchester hangar before entry into service starting next month

Dates to be confirmed
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