Singapore Airlines plans on making one of its grounded jumbo jets into a pop-up restaurant. And it is also offering home delivery for plane food. This is in order to give a different experience to customers who have not been able to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As domestic operations are at a halt. The Southeast Asian city-state’s national carrier has been financially struggling as there is no international travel as well. However, this is causing the airline to reduce its workforce. It had recently laid off around a fifth of its staff.
Tours of its Facilities
Moreover, the airline also said on Tuesday it would offer tours of its training center and flight simulator experiences. But scrapped an initial idea to follow a growing trend in Asia for scenic flights following backlash on environmental grounds.
“With Covid-19 drastically reducing the number of flights operated by the SIA Group, we have created unique activities that would allow us to engage with our fans and customers during this time,” Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines (SIA) said.
However, people can now dine aboard the double-decker A380, which is the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Moreover, they can choose between different cabin classes and menus that are specially designed by international chefs.
The airline will also provide goodie bags to the customers. Those diners who wear traditional clothing to dine will receive additional gifts.
Food Deliveries As well
If customers opt to have the plane food delivered to their home. They will receive welcome videos, guides on how to heat and plate the dishes. And “a specially curated playlist to recreate the SIA onboard experience”, the airline said.
Moreover, at the start of this month, Thai Airways transformed the cafeteria of its Bangkok headquarters into an airline-themed restaurant. It has decked out with airplane parts and seats and cabin crew in full uniform.
However, this is not a new concept of converting retired planes into eateries. But the airline is using active planes for such purposes. This shows that the airlines are under financial stress as they are not expecting passenger traffic to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.
The Pandemic Effect
The coronavirus pandemic has doomed the future of the aviation industry. Many airlines have filed for bankruptcy or sought bailouts to survive the near-shutdown in their activity. However, it is predicted that it will take years for airlines to recover from the losses.
The travel industry has been severely affected during this time of the Coronavirus outbreak. Tourism companies are also suffering from the past few months, with most countries imposing strict international travel restrictions.
Many travelers were canceling or rescheduling their flights and holiday bookings. Many airlines were laying off staff.