Amid the drop in revenues from the pandemic, Singapore Airlines is turning two of its Airbus A380 planes parked at Changi Airport into impromptu restaurants on October 24 and 25, and it has proven surprisingly popular. Bloomberg reports that all restaurant seats sold out within 30 minutes of opening reservations, as people scrambled to regain the excitement of balancing a small meal on an even smaller overhead table.
Granted, I normally enjoy airplane food quite normally, but that’s probably because it’s something to focus my attention on beyond a never-ending string of movies that never interested me enough to see at the cinema. Singapore Airlines sells four different meal levels depending on Bloomberg, ranging from a meal in a suite for around $ 474, to an economy experience for the equivalent of $ 39. About half of the aircraft seats will be available for meals to allow for social distancing.
Singapore Airlines kicks off dining experiences as profits plummet thanks to pandemic. In July, the company reported a net loss of over S $ 1 billion (roughly $ 825 million) in the quarter ending June 30, and in late September it said it was exploring other avenues. to earn money. In addition to turning planes into restaurants, he said he would offer food deliveries to people’s homes, with cooking instructions and a “specially curated playlist to recreate the SIA experience on board.” Reuters reports. Only 32 of the airline’s 220 planes were in service at the end of September, according to ABCNews.
With hundreds of failed flights around the world due to the pandemic, there has been a lot of food for planes in need of a new home. Several airline food suppliers offer their meals and snacks directly to customers, according to the Planet alone.
Airlines’ search for alternative revenue during the pandemic has led to at least one, Qantas, offering circular scenic flights in planes that take off and land from the same airport. Reuters notes that Singapore Airlines has considered offering similar flights, but has abandoned the plans for environmental reasons.
Although the seats on the A380 are now sold out, Bloomberg notes that Singapore Airlines plans to open a waiting list and will consider how it can meet the additional demand.