A whole lot of travel-starved diners ate lunch and watched seat-back movies aboard two parked Singapore Airways jets was pop-up eating places on Saturday.
With the aviation business 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 reduce hundreds of jobs and grounded almost all its planes this yr, supplied passengers the possibility to dine on board two A380 superjumbos — the world’s largest 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 wonderful, it is higher than the one they serve through the flight,” Zhou Tai Di, a 17-year-old scholar in financial system class, instructed AFP as he tucked into his soy sauce-glazed hen 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 films on the seat-back leisure programs.
About half the seats had been left empty, consistent with social-distancing tips.
Calvin Teo, a 29-year-old civil servant and aviation buff, paidSGD 321 ($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 truly flying might 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 won’t do it now resulting from Covid, this can be a good substitute, for now, to recreate the feels of taking a long-haul flight,” he instructed AFP.
The costliest possibility is the SGD 642 eight-course meal in a first-class suite, whereas the most affordable prices SGD 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 further periods 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, nevertheless it has ditched plans for “flights to nowhere” — quick journeys beginning and ending on the similar airport — following an outcry over the potential environmental influence.
Singapore, Singapore | AFP