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Singapore Airlines’ pop-up plane restaurant fully booked in minutes

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Singapore Airlines’ pop-up plane restaurant fully booked in minutes 1

Airplane food never got such rave reviews.

Reservations filled up within minutes on Monday for a pop-up restaurant Singapore Airlines has opened aboard two Airbus A380 planes at the city-state’s Changi Airport.

Every available seat on the double-decker jets was reserved within half an hour after bookings opened for the lunch service on Oct. 24 and 25, prompting the airline to add more slots for its “Restaurant A380” experience.

“We are grateful for the extremely strong support from our customers, and we look forward to welcoming them to Restaurant A380 @Changi,” Lee Lik Hsin, Singapore Airlines’ executive vice president of commercial said in a statement.

The restaurant is one of several experiments Singapore Airlines has turned to boost business as the coronavirus pandemic depresses demand for air travel. The carrier announced the move last month after Australian airline Qantas offered a seven-hour “flight to nowhere” that reportedly sold out in just 10 minutes.

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Singapore Airlines is offering four different dining packages for its pop-up eatery based on its various cabin classes. Prices range from about $39 for an “economy” seat to $473 per person for a luxury suite.



Those lucky enough to snag a reservation will dine on the carrier’s “signature international cuisine” as well as a menu of special dishes crafted by Singaporean chef Shermay Lee. Two complimentary alcoholic drinks are included with each ticket.

A380 jets can normally seat up to 471 people, but Singapore Airlines said it will only use about half the seats for dining to adhere to the group limit guidelines in place for restaurants.

Passengers who couldn’t get a ticket — or just don’t want to eat on a plane — can have Singapore Airlines’ first-class and business-class meals

delivered to their homes through a separate package the carrier is offering. Aviation enthusiasts can also book a behind-the-scenes tour of the carrier’s training facilities, complete with activities for kids, starting next month.

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Singapore launched the new experiences after posting a roughly $816 million loss from April through June as it grappled with a drop in demand because of the coronavirus crisis. The airline said it also considered offering a “flight to nowhere” — a tour flight that takes off and lands at the same airport — but decided not to go through with it.

With Post wires

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