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Singapore Airlines scraps ‘flights to nowhere' in favour of aircraft restaurant

Helen Coffey
·2-min read
Singapore Airlines is using one of its grounded aircraft as a restaurant (Getty Images/Boarding1Now)
Singapore Airlines is using one of its grounded aircraft as a restaurant (Getty Images/Boarding1Now)

Singapore Airlines has scrapped the idea of launching “flights to nowhere” in favour of opening a pop-up restaurant on board one of its planes.

The carrier had mulled joining airlines including Qantas and EVA Air in launching sightseeing flights that depart from and land at the same airport, but decided against it after assessing the environmental implications.

After conducting a market study, the airline has instead opted to use one of its grounded jumbo jets as a restaurant based at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The unique dining experience will take place aboard a giant Airbus A380, with diners able to choose from a menu of international or Peranakan dishes.

Each meal will include two free alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks.

Visitors can also choose what class of seat they’d like to experience at the pop-up eatery, which will be open on 24 and 25 October.

Ticket prices range from S$50 (£28) for an economy seat to S$300 (£170) for business class and S$600 (£340) for a suite.

Other perks will include KrisShop discounts and a goodie bag, plus a free gift for those who turn up for their reservation dressed in traditional heritage wear, such as a sarong kebaya, cheongsam or saree.

Frequent flyers missing inflight dining can also now order home delivery of Singapore Airlines business and first-class meals.

Meals are paired with a choice of wine or champagne, and come with a first class or business-class amenity kit and instructions on how to heat and plate up the dishes.

There’s also the option to pay more for a private chef who will heat and serve the meal in customers’ homes.

It’s not the first time an airline has launched a restaurant.

Thai Airways has opened its own eatery at the airline headquarters in Bangkok.

The design reflects the carrier’s plane cabins, with purple, orange and pink plane seats and pillows.

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