Fine dining in grounded Singapore Airlines planes meets huge demand

Reservation tickets for a fine dining experience onboard a grounded Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 sold out in just half an hour when they went on sale on October 12, showing that there seems to strong demand for this rather unusual pastime.

With unused airplanes abound at Changi airport, Singapore Airlines is trying novel ways to raise money, including opening two parked A380 superjumbos as temporary lunchtime restaurants on October 24 and 25.

Four cabin classes have been made available for the dining experience. The cheapest meals available are in economy class and cost around $37 per person. A meal in premium economy costs $70, in business class $236 and in a first class suite a whopping S $473 a head. Alternatively, diners can use frequent flyer miles to pay for the extravagant occasion.

The largest models of the Airbus A380 can normally seat up to 471 passengers, but only about half the aircraft’s seats will be available for dining because of social distancing measures.

Diners are also subject to a range of other Covid-19 safety measures, such as temperature checks on arrival and mandatory face masks all times, apart from when eating and drinking. No groups larger than five persons are accepted.

International and Singaporean cuisine served

The airline said what it calls “Restaurant A380@Changi” will serve diners a choice of international and Singaporean cuisine from a kitchen led by chef Shermay Lee.

Those who did not manage to get a ticket can have the food home delivered or even book a private chef to cook the A380 meal in their homes.

Singapore Airlines has been hit particularly hard by the collapse in air travel demand because it cannot resort to domestic flights. The carrier suffered a record $830-billion net loss in the second quarter and is laying off about 20 per cent of its workforce.

As of October 12, Singapore recorded 57,880 coronavirus infections, with 57,705 recovered and 27 deaths.



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Reservation tickets for a fine dining experience onboard a grounded Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 sold out in just half an hour when they went on sale on October 12, showing that there seems to strong demand for this rather unusual pastime. With unused airplanes abound at Changi airport, Singapore Airlines is trying novel ways to raise money, including opening two parked A380 superjumbos as temporary lunchtime restaurants on October 24 and 25. Four cabin classes have been made available for the dining experience. The cheapest meals available are in economy class and cost around $37 per person. A meal in...

Reservation tickets for a fine dining experience onboard a grounded Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 sold out in just half an hour when they went on sale on October 12, showing that there seems to strong demand for this rather unusual pastime.

With unused airplanes abound at Changi airport, Singapore Airlines is trying novel ways to raise money, including opening two parked A380 superjumbos as temporary lunchtime restaurants on October 24 and 25.

Four cabin classes have been made available for the dining experience. The cheapest meals available are in economy class and cost around $37 per person. A meal in premium economy costs $70, in business class $236 and in a first class suite a whopping S $473 a head. Alternatively, diners can use frequent flyer miles to pay for the extravagant occasion.

The largest models of the Airbus A380 can normally seat up to 471 passengers, but only about half the aircraft’s seats will be available for dining because of social distancing measures.

Diners are also subject to a range of other Covid-19 safety measures, such as temperature checks on arrival and mandatory face masks all times, apart from when eating and drinking. No groups larger than five persons are accepted.

International and Singaporean cuisine served

The airline said what it calls “Restaurant A380@Changi” will serve diners a choice of international and Singaporean cuisine from a kitchen led by chef Shermay Lee.

Those who did not manage to get a ticket can have the food home delivered or even book a private chef to cook the A380 meal in their homes.

Singapore Airlines has been hit particularly hard by the collapse in air travel demand because it cannot resort to domestic flights. The carrier suffered a record $830-billion net loss in the second quarter and is laying off about 20 per cent of its workforce.

As of October 12, Singapore recorded 57,880 coronavirus infections, with 57,705 recovered and 27 deaths.



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