Last weekend marked the highly anticipated launch of Restaurant A380 @Changi, Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) pop-up dining outpost that was completely booked out within 30 minutes of launch on 12 October.
At Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, some 400 visibly excited diners gathered around the lounges, going through the usual security checks and handing over their passports prior to boarding the two superjumbo jets.
Supporting the event were 200 SIA staff including cabin crew who returned on a volunteer basis. In a blast to the past, various uniforms of the world-famous airline were also modelled by crew, as passengers waited to board.
Once onboard, diners had a chance to take a tour of the A380, entering the cockpit and exploring the various seat categories before tucking into their meals while watching seat-back films - just like the good old days of travel, or nearly.
Travel-starved locals willingly paid as much as S$642 (US$472) for an eight-course meal in a first-class suite, while the cheapest option in economy class was priced S$53.50.
Despite the higher costs of the A380 meals compared to meals in town, the superjumbo meals proved surprisingly popular. The airline announced six additional sessions after more than 900 lunch tickets sold out within 30 minutes of bookings opening earlier this month.
So were the meals worth the price tags?
According to AFP, 17-year-old Zhou Tai Di, who booked a dining seat in economy class, found the food to be "pretty amazing" and "better than the one they serve during the flight".
Others, like 29-year-old aviation buff Calvin Teo, said the six-course meal in business class that he had was "a good substitute for now, to recreate the feels of taking a long-haul flight", AFP reported.