Singapore Airlines turns parked planes into pop-up restaurant… and £380 tickets sell out

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  • October 13, 2020
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Diners in Singapore have jumped at the chance to have dinner on a parked plane at the city’s main airport.

Looking for new business models to make up for lost revenues amid the coronavirus outbreak, Singapore Airlines has launched Restaurant A380.

Guests can order a meal from the standard in-flight menu at £30 per head in economy, or passengers can pay £380 for the full works in a suite.

A meal in business class costs £246, dropping to £54 for premium economy.

Proving popular, the first two seating dates on October 24 and 25 sold out within half an hour, the airline told Bloomberg.

Two more dates have been added, with a waiting list set up for lunch and dinner settings.

The planes won’t leave Changi Airport (AFP via Getty Images)

Two Airbus A380 planes will be used for the three-hour sessions, at half capacity to adhere to social distancing measures.

Guests will be able to watch a movie while they eat, but the aircraft won’t leave Changi Airport.

Singapore Airlines is also offering home delivery, which includes the airlines’ tableware and amenity kits.

The aviation industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Around half of the world’s commercial flights are operating, with passenger traffic at a quarter of normal levels.

Last month, Singapore Airlines announced it would lay off 4,300 staff.

Meanwhile, Boeing warned that demand for new airliners will be cut by more than 10 per cent over the next decade due to the pandemic.

Boeing vice president of commercial marketing Darren Hulst said the aviation industry “remains dramatically impacted by the pandemic worldwide”.