Singapore Airlines sells out meals on parked plane

Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore guests took the opportunity to have lunch in a stationary Airbus A380 parked at the city's main airport.
Despite a price of up to 496 USD (380 GBP), the first two seat appointments were sold out within half an hour.
The airline has added two more dates, with guests putting themselves on a waiting list for lunch and dinner.
Singapore Airlines is one of many airlines looking for new business models to offset lost revenue.
The airline currently plans to deploy two Airbus A380 aircraft for every three-hour session.
Everyone will be half full to aid in social distancing compliance.
Guests can choose a cabin class (with an economy seat starting at around $ 39) and watch a movie while they eat, but the planes never leave the ground.
The airline also offers home delivery of their meals, including the airline's dishes and equipment kits.
The airline had previously considered offering "flights to nowhere", but later dropped the idea.
Other airlines, including Taiwan's Eva and Australia's Qantas, have promoted sightseeing flights that land at the same airport as they take off.
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Singapore Airlines has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last month, the airline announced it would lay off 4,300 employees, or about 20% of its workforce.
And while some airlines are hoping to revive their luck with domestic flights if the locks are lifted, it is not an option for an airline based in a city-state.
In fact, many of the airline's aircraft are in storage in Alice Springs, Australia while the airline waits for business to recover.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has warned that hundreds of thousands of aviation jobs could be at risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The association, which represents 290 airlines, expects traffic this year to be 66% below the 2019 level.

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