With few allowed to travel in and out of Singapore due to COVID-19 restrictions, hundreds flocked to the airport on Saturday (Octob er 24) to eat airplane food at a pop-up restaurant aboard an A380 jet.
After “checking-in” at the departure lobby, the customers were escorted to the plane parked on the apron, where they boarded and went to their allocated seats at Restaurant [email protected] Changi to tuck into a special menu consisting of signature Singapore Airlines dishes such as satay – chicken skewers with a peanut sauce and other Asian dishes.
“This is really good. It’s a new experience. The food is good. The place and environment – the set up is good,” said Ben, an accountant who came with his family.
The meals range from 53.50SGD (40USD) per person in economy to 642SGD (480 USD) for a Suites-class meal, which include champagne and other beverages.
The restaurant is part of the national carrier’s initiative to entertain customers who are unable to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic and also to keep generating income. Most of Singapore Airlines planes have been grounded since the outbreak.
To keep in line with safety measures, everyone was required to undergo temperature screening before boarding and safe distancing measures meant customers were seated in groups of up to five with adequate space in between groups.
The restaurant which uses two aircraft will be open for the weekend of October 24 and November 1, serving a total 900 people per meal.
On Saturday Singapore reported 14 new infections, 11 of which were imported cases.
(Production: Pedja Stanisic, Masako Iijima)