Two Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s Are Now A Restaurant Where Diners Can Redeem Miles To Eat

Singapore Airlines took two of their latest configuration Airbus A380s and turned them into a popup restaurant. They offered tickets for “Restaurant A380 @ Changi” yesterday and their two planned dates (October 24 and 25) sold out in 30 minutes.

So Singapore is extending the concept and has added October 31 and November 1 seatings. There’s also a waitlist to join. And since these are bookable at the KrisFlyer KrisShop, you can earn miles for the meal, or even redeem miles to pay.

They’ve curated special menus in each of the four classes of service. Cue the jokes about airline food, but Singapore Airlines has arguably the best meal service in the sky.

  • Their economy cabin meals get the same food as premium economy, just smaller portions.

  • And in the sky they’re known for “Book the Cook” which lets premium passengers pre-order their meals not just reserving the food that would be served anyway (which U.S. carriers do) but choosing from an extensive list of Western and Asian dishes that they’ll make sure to have on board for you.

Here’s the first class menu:

In business class you can try, for instance, prawns and scallops in a saffron broth or nasi lemak.

Credit: Singapore Airlines

Credit: Singapore Airlines

And honestly the meals in economy even look pretty good.

Credit: Singapore Airlines

Each popup date uses two Airbus A380 aircraft with about half the seats in each available for dining in order to adhere to group size and distancing rules for restaurants in the city state. I’d feel totally comfortable dining indoors here:

If Singapore itself were accepting U.S. visits I’d make the trip for this in a minute. I’ve had some of my best onboard meals on Singapore Airlines – and not just in first class, but business class also. For instance this laksa was on a Bali – Singapore flight:

Unfortunately Singapore isn’t going to open up its borders to Americans to take advantage of the pop up. But if you’re craving airline business class meals you can always try making them at home. After all United sells its Polaris cookbook!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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