Singapore Airlines drops 'flights to nowhere' after outcry

Marco Green
September 30, 2020

The national carrier of Singapore announced Tuesday that it will be offering three new "experiences" for customers who are based in Singapore, including the chance to enjoy the airline's signature dishes inside a double-decker A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft.

Singapore Airlines has scrapped its "flights to nowhere" aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry from environmental campaigners. "We are very encouraged by and grateful for the enthusiasm and passion that we have seen". Those who turn up in traditional heritage wear, such as sarong kebaya, cheongsam or saree, will get an extra gift.

National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced on Tuesday a range of new offerings for aviation fans as it seeks alternative sources of income while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep a lid on global travel.

There is also an option to enjoy SIA's finest catering in the comfort of your own home. To sweeten the deal, guests who successfully reserve a space during the limited-time event (seatings are now only planned for October 24 and 25) will be also be treated to a tour of the A380, take-home souvenirs, and access to the airline's in-flight entertainment options while dining.

Reservations for the dining experience open October 12.

Diners can choose their cabin class where they will be served meals with two alcoholic drinks and free flow of other beverages, the carrier said in a statement.

As part of the initiative, the airline will also open its training facilities to the public for behind-the-scenes tours in November.

Bookings for Restaurant A380 will begin on Oct 12 on SIA's KrisShop website. At the end of the meal, guests go home with an airline goody bag.

Bring home a slice of SIAEnjoy first or business class meals at home.

The menus were designed for its First Class and Business Class customers by four world-renowned chefs on SIA's International Culinary Panel - Chef Georges Blanc of France, Chef Matt Moran of Australia, Chef Yoshihiro Murata of Japan and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor of India. Limited edition dining ware and amenities are also available depending on the package chosen. Participants will be able to take a look at the history of the airline, as well as how cabin crew undergo training and what SIA is doing on sustainability.

You can chat with pilots and cabin crew to learn about their training, operate a full flight simulator and even try a wine tasting sesh. Bookings open on Nov 1, with the tours to be held on Nov 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Chief executive Goh Choon Phong said the experiences allow the airline to keep fans and customers entertained while Covid keeps its planes on the tarmac.

They can also dine at the SIA canteen which will be serving in-flight cuisines for a fee.

"These experiences offer something for everyone - from frequent flyers who miss our world-class in-cabin products and service, to couples and families who want an exclusive dining experience, and parents who are after an enjoyable activity-filled day with their children during the school holidays", he said.

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