Hundreds of diners of travelers aboard two Singapore-bound jets ate lunch and watched movies while seated.
With the aviation industry in deep crisis due to the coronovirus outbreak, airlines have turned to alternative means of raising funds, ranging from “flights to nowhere” to air travel.
Singapore’s national airline, which has cut thousands of jobs and landed all of its planes this year, has offered passengers the option of boarding two A380 Superjumbos – the world’s largest passenger plane.
More than 400 diners checked in at Changi Airport on Saturday and underwent general security checks before boarding the plane for lunch.
“The food is so amazing, it’s better than what they serve on the flight,” said Zhou Tai Di, a 17-year-old economy class student who tasted his soy sauce glazed chicken with fried eggplant. spicy. And rice.
Some take a nap while waiting to serve their food, while others watch movies on the backrest entertainment system.
Considering social distancing guidelines, around half of the seats remain vacant.
Calvin Teo, a 29-year-old civil servant and aviation enthusiast who paid SG $ 321 ($ 236), received a six-course meal in business class, claiming he missed flying and hoped to recreate the experience. .
“Of course the feeling of flying would be better, because moving to a new destination, locating a new destination, and even we can’t do that now because of Kovid, because it’s a good choice at the moment. Hai, to recreate the feeling of taking a long-haul flight, ”he told AFP.
The more expensive option is an eight-course meal for SG $ 642 in a First-Class Suite, while the cheapest price is SG $ 53 and includes three-course meals in Economy Class.
A limited number of diners were also able to tour the double-decker aircraft and take selfies with the pilots in the cockpit.
Food on the tarmac proved surprisingly popular – the airline announced six more sessions after which more than 900 lunch tickets were sold within 30 minutes of booking earlier this month.
The airline also offers home delivery of airplane food, but has opened “flights for the flights” – short trips starting and ending at the same airport – out of indignation at the potential environmental impact.
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