Diners have rushed to pay as much as £360 per head to eat a meal on a stationary aircraft, within the newest signal of public urge for food to recreate the onboard expertise with out travelling.
Singapore Airways launched a ready checklist after tickets quickly offered out for 2 weekends of sittings onboard two stationary A380 superjumbos, with meals at seats and the possibility to observe a film, albeit not in-flight.
Friends will get a meal from the usual Singapore Airways menu, with S$642 (£360) shopping for the total works in a set – or £30 per head for the tray in economic system. Frequent flyers might additionally money in factors in the direction of a meal.
All tickets have been snapped up in lower than half an hour for the pop-up Restaurant A380, the airline informed Bloomberg. About half of the 471 seats on every of the airline’s double-decker superjumbos, parked at Changi airport, have been anticipated to be out there with social distancing in place.
Diners in Singapore who missed out are capable of pay S$888 (£501) for the airline’s first-class eating expertise at residence, together with supply of tableware, slippers and amenity kits.
It’s the newest in a line of revenue-raising initiatives by cash-strapped airways, which have collectively misplaced tens of billions through the pandemic. “Flights to nowhere” have proved common throughout Asia, with the Taiwanese provider EVA promoting joyrides from Taipei and Japan’s ANA laying on Hawaii-themed flights after its service to Honolulu was suspended.
The Australian provider Qantas not too long ago swiftly offered out a sightseeing trip on a 787 Dreamliner that flew across the nation from Sydney and again, with the airline’s worldwide journey schedule halted.
The ill-fated A380, as soon as seen as the way forward for mass worldwide air journey, was one of many first fashions to be grounded by many carriers when the outbreak of Covid-19 led to demand for flights drying up this 12 months. Airbus had already determined to discontinue manufacturing, and among the first A380s constructed – as soon as operated by Singapore Airways – have already been sent for scrappage.
Coronavirus has additionally made the A380’s illustrious predecessor, the Boeing 747, largely redundant for passenger use, though it continues as a cargo aircraft. British Airways retired the last pair of 747s in its fleet final week.