Stir-crazy ‘passengers’ gobble up tickets to dine on parked Singapore jets

Individuals have a look at a Singapore Airways airplane, amid the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore: Tarmac meals have change into an unlikely hit for coronavirus-battered Singapore Airways, with a whole lot of “passengers” paying the equal of a finances ticket simply to dine inside grounded A380 jumbos.

For a hefty sum of as much as Sg$642 ($470), individuals with a hankering for airline meals can have a meal on an A380, the world’s greatest passenger jet.

With the aviation trade in deep disaster as a result of pandemic, airways have turned to alternative routes to boost money, from providing “flights to nowhere” to excursions of plane.

Singapore Airways, which has lower 1000’s of jobs and grounded practically all its planes this yr, determined to attempt one other route: provide travel-starved prospects the chance to dine on one in all two A380s was pop-up eating places.

The possibility to eat airplane meals proved surprisingly widespread — all 900 seats for lunch on October 24 and 25 bought out inside half an hour of bookings opening on Monday, the Straits Occasions newspaper reported.

Citing “overwhelming demand”, the provider introduced the eating places could be opened for a further two days. Lunch and dinner at the moment are being supplied on all 4 dates.

The most costly possibility is a four-course meal in a first-class suite, whereas the most affordable prices Sg$53 and consists of a three-course meal in economic system class.

About half the seats will likely be left empty on the double-decker jets, parked at Changi Airport, in step with social distancing pointers.

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And for these looking for to carry the in-flight expertise into their residing rooms, Singapore Airways can be providing dwelling deliveries of airplane meals.

However the airline has ditched plans for “flights to nowhere” — quick journeys beginning and ending on the similar airport — following an outcry over the potential environmental impression.