Singaporeans gobble up tickets to dine in a parked Airbus A380

With a total of 900 tickets to dine in a parked Airbus A380 for October 24 and 25 sold within 30 minutes of its launch, Singapore Airlines has announced it will be opening up bookings for another two days soon due to its overwhelming response.

Tarmac meals have become an unlikely hit for coronavirus-battered Singapore Airlines with hundreds of diners willing to pay the equivalent of a budget ticket just to dine inside grounded A380s.

For a hefty sum SGD642 (RM 1,958.43), people with a liking for airline food can have a four-course meal in a first-class suite of an A380, the world’s biggest passenger jet while the cheapest meal for this pop-up restaurant consisting of a three-course meal is SGD53 (RM 219.55) in an economy class seat.

In keeping with the social distancing guidelines, about half the seats will be left empty on the double-decker jets, parked at Changi Airport.

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The menu will feature international cuisines and a Peranakan menu customized for the temporary restaurant. Each meal will come with two free alcoholic drinks and a free flow of other beverages.

All diners will receive KrisShop discounts and a limited edition goodie bag while additional gifts await those who turn up in traditional heritage wear.

Ms Tay, a 34-year-old auditor, who considers herself a loyal SIA fan, said she got a suite ticket for herself and her one-year-old daughter. Tickets for infants aged two and below could be purchased for $1.

“I might never get a chance to fly as an SIA Suites Class passenger, and thought this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to experience this cabin product,” she said.

She added that it will be her daughter’s first time in an aircraft, and hoped that her purchase would help support the airline amid what has been a trying period for the aviation industry.

Diners in Singapore who missed out on the tickets are able to pay S$888 (RM 3678.50) for the airline’s first-class dining experience at home, including delivery of tableware, slippers and amenity kits.

It is the latest in a line of revenue-raising initiatives by cash-strapped airlines, which have collectively lost tens of billions during the pandemic. “Flights to nowhere” have proved popular across Asia, with the Taiwanese carrier EVA selling joyrides from Taipei and Japan’s ANA laying on Hawaii-themed flights after its service to Honolulu was suspended.

However Singapore Airline has earlier ditched plans for its similar “flights to nowhere” following an outcry over the potential environmental impact.

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