Hundreds of aviation fans flocked on Saturday to makeshift restaurants set up by Singapore Airlines, “Singapore Airlines” in two planes perched on the airport runway.
Hundreds of aviation fans flocked on Saturday to makeshift restaurants set up by Singapore Airlines, “Singapore Airlines” in two planes perched on the tarmac of the airport, and enjoyed eating in the passenger seats while they watched movies on the small screens installed in front of them, as if they were on one of the “days” flights. time”.
In light of the great crisis facing the travel sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic, airlines have come up with ideas to make money, including “trips to nowhere” or visits to planes.
Singapore Airlines, which has laid out thousands of employees and most of its planes are still parked on the tarmac, has made the opportunity for its passengers to dine in two A380s, the world’s largest commercial airliner.
More than 400 people booked their seats the day before yesterday, Saturday, according to “Euronews”, and completed the steps of registering their names at Changi Airport, then went through the usual security procedures before flights, and boarded the plane to enjoy the promised banquet.
As Zhu Tai Dee, a 17-year-old major in economics, scooped chicken with soy sauce, fried eggplant and rice, he said, “The quality of the food is incredible, and it’s better than what is served on real trips.”
While waiting for the arrival of the expected meal, some people may take a nap, while others stop watching a movie on the integrated screen in the seat in front of it.
About half of the seats on the plane were kept vacant in compliance with social distancing measures, and Calvin Teo, a 29-year-old who loves to fly, did not hesitate to pay $ 321 ($ 236) for a six-course assortment served in the business cabin.
The young man admitted that he was eager to travel by plane, stressing his willingness to repeat the experience.
“There is no doubt that the feeling of actual flying is better, because it involves the excitement of traveling to a new destination and discovering it. Since we cannot live this experience at the moment due to the pandemic, this solution is a good alternative to stimulate the sensations of travel,” he told AFP.
The higher-priced version is an eight-course assortment offered in the first class cabin for 642 local dollars (473 US dollars), while the lowest-priced allows you to get three dishes in the economy class cabin for 53 dollars (39 US dollars).
A limited number of guests were able to visit the two-layer sections of the plane, and take selfies in the cockpit with the pilots.
These meals are witnessing a great turnout, and the company announced, in response to the volume of demand, the organization of six additional “trips” after it sold more than 900 tickets in less than half an hour.
Singapore Airlines also provides home delivery of meals for airplanes, but it has dismissed projects to organize “trips to nowhere”, which are short trips that take off and land at the same airport, due to an uproar about their environmental impact.
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