Think about reclining your chair again for a nap after which being awoken by the phrases, “Excuse me ma’am, I’m sorry to startle you however your meal is prepared.” You sit up and look on the air stewardess who’s standing within the aisle holding a tray along with your in-flight meal and smiling. It looks as if you will have simply stirred from an uncomfortable sleep and also you’re midway to your vacation spot, solely, the airplane continues to be firmly on the airport tarmac and also you’re not taking off anytime quickly, however you’ll devour an airplane meal that you just simply paid SG$321 for in enterprise class.
Welcome to Singapore Airways’ pop-up airplane restaurant. With the aviation trade in deep disaster as a result of coronavirus pandemic, airways have turned to other ways to lift money, from providing “flights to nowhere” to excursions of plane. Singapore’s flag provider, which has minimize 1000’s of jobs and grounded practically all its planes this yr, provided passengers the prospect to dine on board two A380 superjumbos – the world’s largest passenger jet.
And simply over the weekend, over 400 individuals had lunch and watched movies aboard the planes. They checked in at Changi Airport and went via the standard safety checks earlier than arriving on the plane for lunch.
“The meals is fairly superb, it’s higher than the one they serve throughout the flight,” mentioned Zhou Tai Di, a 17-year-old pupil in financial system class, as he tucked into his soy sauce-glazed hen with spicy fried eggplant and rice.
Lolita Lee, who works in media, ordered the enterprise class meal and was of the opinion that the meals was not what she had anticipated. “The nasi lemak is paltry with small parts and the rice is just not flavourful sufficient regardless of it being cooked with coconut milk, the sambal with anchovies is on the candy facet and never spicy, the sambal prawns has no spice kick, and the turmeric fish is simply too tangy,” she lamented. However she did benefit from the satay which was “meaty and juicy”.
Some prospects settled in for a nap whereas ready for his or her meals to be served, whereas others watched motion pictures on the seat-back leisure programs. About half the seats had been left empty, in line with social-distancing pointers.
Calvin Teo, a 29-year-old civil servant and aviation buff, paid SG$321 (US$236) to be served a six-course meal in enterprise class, saying he missed flying and hoped to recreate the expertise. “In fact the sensation of really flying will likely be higher, as a result of there’s the joy of going to a brand new vacation spot, to discover a brand new vacation spot, and although we are able to’t do it now as a consequence of COVID, it is a good substitute for now, to recreate the feels of taking a long-haul flight,” he mentioned.
The costliest possibility is a SG$642 eight-course meal in a first-class suite, whereas the most cost effective prices SG$53 and consists of a three-course meal in financial system class.
A restricted variety of diners had been additionally in a position to tour the double-decker plane and take selfies with pilots within the cockpit.
The tarmac meals had been surprisingly fashionable – SIA introduced six further classes after greater than 900 lunch tickets offered out inside half-hour of bookings opening earlier this month. They’re additionally providing dwelling deliveries of aircraft meals, so should you actually miss airplane meals, you possibly can all the time order it available at dwelling.
Supply: AFP Chill out Information