A whole lot of travel-starved diners ate lunch and watched seat-back movies aboard two parked Singapore Airways jets became pop-up eating places on Saturday.
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 lower hundreds of jobs and grounded almost all its planes this yr, provided passengers the possibility to dine on board two A380 superjumbos — the world’s greatest passenger jet.
On Saturday greater than 400 diners checked in at Changi Airport and went by way of the standard safety checks earlier than arriving on the plane for lunch.
“The meals is fairly superb, it is higher than the one they serve throughout the flight,” Zhou Tai Di, a 17-year-old pupil in financial system class, advised AFP as he tucked into his soy sauce-glazed rooster with spicy fried eggplant and rice.
Some 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 methods.
About half the seats had been left empty, in step with social-distancing tips.
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Calvin Teo, a 29-year-old civil servant and aviation buff, paid S$321 ($236) to be served a six-course meal in enterprise class, saying he missed flying and hoped to recreate the expertise.
“After all the sensation of truly flying will probably 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 regardless that we won’t do it now as a result of COVID, this can be a good substitute for now, to recreate the feels of taking a long-haul flight,” he advised AFP.
The costliest choice is a S$642 eight-course meal in a first-class suite, whereas the most affordable prices S$53 and consists of a three-course meal in financial system class.
A restricted variety of diners had been additionally capable of tour the double-decker plane and take selfies with pilots within the cockpit.
The tarmac meals proved surprisingly well-liked — the airline introduced six extra classes after greater than 900 lunch tickets offered out inside half-hour of bookings opening earlier this month.
The airline can also be providing residence deliveries of airplane meals, however it has ditched plans for “flights to nowhere” — brief journeys beginning and ending on the identical airport — following an outcry over the potential environmental affect.
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