The instant popularity of 'flights to nowhere' featured here a week ago—sightseeing flights that give travel-starved flying enthusiasts a take-off, sightseeing and a landing back where they started, have already hit some turbulence, with sharp criticism from environmental activists.
But one airline, Singapore, that jumped into the nowhere trend quickly, has just as quickly pulled out and is pushing a new idea: A flight to nowhere that never takes off, as it were. The airline has turned one of its superjumbo A380s into a theme restaurant, serving passengers at Singapore's Changi Airport.
The meal can be booked in any class, from small-screen-and-tray-table economy to the first class Suites, which are a private room with full-sized bec and a separate adjustable leather seat.
For about $37, you get an economy seat, economy meal, a couple of drinks and souvenirs. Premium economy ($66) provides six inches more footroom and a comfy(er) chair and a bigger screen, with access to all entertainment options. Business class goes for $220 and a lie-flat seat, although there's no word if naps are permitted. At the top, $440 buys you the suite, with a door, a 23-inch screen and the bed—and a door for privacy.