A380 Double-Decker, World’s Largest Passenger Aircraft, Is Now a Restaurant

And you thought airplane food was crappy. In a bid to recoup at least some of the massive losses it has incurred in the first quarter of 2020 alone, Singapore Airlines has turned the world’s largest passenger aircraft into a pop-up restaurant.
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One of the Airbus A380 double-decker superjumbos operated by Singapore Airlines, currently parked at the Changi Airport in Singapore, will become a restaurant for two weekends this month. The initial plan was to offer the in-flight dining experience at Restaurant A380 @Changi for one weekend only but, according to Bloomberg, demand was so high that all tickets sold out in as little as 30 minutes.

As a result, two more dates were added and a dinner option was included on for all four dates. The Restaurant initially offered only lunch, along with several extras, such as in-flight entertainment (that will have to be enjoyed without the actual flight, because the plane is going nowhere), a private suite for a very romantic meal, and tours of the aircraft, including to areas previously prohibited to the public, like the cockpit.

Diners will be able to choose a meal plan according to budget, from those offered by Singapore Airlines on board before the current health crisis that grounded most of its fleet, or a Peranakan menu by chef Shermay Lee. Tickets for the top class meal enjoyed in a private suite, for example, sold for the equivalent of $472, while economy meals were far cheaper, starting at $40. All options could also be paid in frequent-flyer miles.

To make the experience of dining out while reminiscing over flying like in the good ol’ days even more memorable, Singapore Airlines is also offering an exclusive buying experience and a goodie bag. For those unable to secure tickets, there’s also a delivery option for first- and business-class menus and – get this – you can opt to have a chef come to your house with airplane cutlery, to reheat, plate and serve you the meal. You don’t get the plane cabin, though.

Once seen as the future of international flights because of its large passenger capacity, the A380 was one of the first aircraft models to be grounded with the initial wave of travel restrictions. Singapore Airlines has already sent some of the earliest A380 models it operated to the scrapyard.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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