Did you manage to snag one of the slots for Singapore Airlines’ dining experience, Restaurant A380@Changi?
Consider yourself extremely lucky if you did because they were all snapped up within half an hour after bookings opened at midnight on Monday (Oct 12).
According to TODAY, citing an SIA spokesperson, customers who didn’t manage to make a reservation were invited to join a waitlist, which had closed.
However, due to “strong demand and interest from customers”, the waitlist will reopen on SIA’s KrisShop website for a limited time from 6pm on Monday for those who are interested.
The spokesperson said: “Those on the waitlist will be contacted by SIA should there be additional availability for the Restaurant A380 @Changi experience.”
It has not been revealed how many people are on the waitlist.
SIA announced on Sep 29 its plans to offer a dining experience on board the A380, along with tours of its training facilities as well as a home delivery service featuring its first class and business class meals.
These new initiatives, dubbed Discover Your Singapore Airlines, were introduced amid unprecedented challenges for Singapore’s national carrier after COVID-19 effectively shut down worldwide travel demand.
The three-hour lunch costs S$50 for a seat in economy, S$90 in premium economy, S$300 in business class and S$600 for the suites, before taxes. The dining experience, featuring international cuisines and items from a Peranakan menu specially designed by Singaporean chef Shermay Lee, will take place only on two days: Oct 24 and 25.
SIA will be using two aircraft for the dining experience, and while the spokesperson declined to reveal the number of seats that have been sold, its A380 planes have a 471-seat configuration.
As the event is being held in the transit area of Changi Aiport, "certain conditions must be met" in order for diners to participate in the Restaurant A380@Changi experience, said SIA.
"One of the conditions is that SIA will temporarily retain the passports of the diners during the experience. The passports will be kept secured under lock and key," the airline said.
One person who managed to book a business class dining ticket is 22-year-old full-time national serviceman and self-declared “aviation geek”, Marcus Chan.
He told TODAY: “I’ve definitely heard good things about SIA’s business class products through friends. They swear by SIA airlines. Perhaps that’s what drew me to try (for the tickets).”
When asked if SIA would extend the dining initiative, the airline spokesperson responded: “We are currently looking into accommodating all who have made reservations, as well as potentially some of those on the waitlist, for this unique dining experience.”
There’s good news for those who still want to experience first class or business class dining, but in the comfort of your own home.
There are still packages available for the SIA@Home initiative where a home-dining experience for two meant to recreate the dining experience in those exclusive cabins will be delivered right to your door. Bookings are available at KrisShop.