After a leak of the prices just a day after the announcement, Singapore Airlines has unveiled all of its pricing for the three initiatives
Singapore Airlines has officially announced the pricing for its upcoming on-ground experiences, including lunch on board one of its Airbus A380s at Changi Airport, visits to its training facility and home food delivery packages.
The announcement, originally made on Tuesday, were without prices, but the national carrier subsequently updated the event pages with prices, and sent out a bunch of media backgrounders with the prices two days later.
The official prices
This is what SIA has announced for the three experiences respectively:
Restaurant A380 @Changi (24, 25 October)
|Cabin||Price per pax (S$) excludes GST|
|Economy||$50 or 6,250 miles|
|Premium Economy||$90 or 11,250 miles|
|Business||$300 or 37,500 miles|
|First||$600 or 75,000 miles|
Those who are able to secure a spot can sign up for an exclusive tour of the A380 aircraft (limited slots only!), where they will go on a 15-minute tour of the aircraft, including rare behind-the-scenes look at private access areas.
Apart from the tour, customers can also enjoy activities in the holding room, including a heritage uniform showcase, photo opportunities and more. All diners will also receive KrisShop discounts and a limited edition goodie bag.
Suites and Business Class diners will be treated to four-course meals including favourites such as the Lobster Thermidor and beef fillet, while Premium Economy and Economy Class diners will get a full three-course meal. Main course options include sumptuous Peranakan, Japanese and Western selections.
All passengers will have access to KrisWorld while they dine, with more than 1,000 entertainment options.
Inside Singapore Airlines (21, 22, 28 & 29 November 2020)
The open house will take place in November, right in time for families as schools are closed for the year-end holidays.
- A visit to the heritage gallery
- A look into the training area for cabin crew and pilots
- Sustainability showcase
- Craft activities such as balloon sculpting and batik rose-making
There are also optional add-on experiences that visitors can take with a fee.
The pricing for admission, along with the optional add ons, are as follows:
|Ticket Type||Price (S$) excludes GST|
|30-minute flight simulator experience|
(For up to three pax)
|Junior cabin crew experience|
(includes a SIA sarong kebaya uniform)
(includs a Lancome makeup palette)
|Wine appreciation session||$38|
The price of admission includes a meal for both adults and children, so you will get to sample in-flight meals as part of your day at SIA Training Centre.
Most of the prices are within expectation of what we have predicted, although the simulator experience stood out to be really expensive, for good reasons. These are certified flight simulators that pilots use for training and to maintain their currency, and are extremely expensive to procure and have a high running costs as well.
Reservations begin from 1 November on KrisShop.com.
SIA@Home (from 5 October 2020)
For those who want to stay home (still), Singapore Airlines will offer a selection of 10 menus featuring the airline’s exclusive First Class and Business Class in-flight meals, to be delivered to your home.
According to the PR:
Diners will be treated to a home-dining experience for two, created by our world renowned International Culinary Panel chefs and paired with a choice of wine or champagne that has been selected by our Wine Panel experts.
The experience is made complete by the inclusion of our exclusive First Class or Business Class amenity kits, welcome videos featuring our cabin crew, as well as a specially curated playlist to recreate the SIA onboard experience at home.Singapore Airlines
This are the starting prices for the dine-at-home experience:
|Package||Inclusions||Price (S$) excluding GST|
|Business Class Wine & Dine||– Business Class meal for two based on your choice of menu|
– One bottle of French wine or brut champagne
– Two Penhaligons amenity kits
|First Class Wine & Dine||– First Class meal for two based on your choice of menu|
– One bottle of Burgundy red or white wine
– Two Lalique amenity kits
While the prices for only the Wine & Dine packages are available at this juncture, SIA has said that customers will be able to add optional items, including upgrades for First Class menus to a Dom Perignon champagne, tableware, sleeper suits and more.
These prices are insane. We have discussed in our earlier post that in-flight meals are typically expensive compared to other forms of catering, but these are still jaw-dropping prices considering the opportunity costs. For instance, you could spend the same amount for lunch for two people at Michelin three-starred restaurant Les Amis as you would for a First Class menu for two, sent to your house. Mind you, you will have to plate the food on your own dining ware, heat up the food and serve it to your own dining table.
For a full First Class All-Inclusive bundle which includes a first class meal for two, champagne, wine, amenity kits, tableware and sleeper suits for two, we can only imagine that the total price of the bundle will go up to a princely four-figure sum.
If you are still interested to burn through this amount of money, reservations begin 5 October 2020.
The turn of events this week was simply mind boggling and fast moving, by any means.
On Tuesday, Singapore Airlines announced that it was scrapping its plans for flights to nowhere, but instead offer three different experiences. The initiatives were originally announced without prices, leading to a lot of speculation given the amount of media publicity around it.
The next day on Wednesday, very resourceful netizens found the private listings of these experiences on KrisShop.com, of which the SIA@Home bundles were selling at S$288 for a business class meal for two, and between S$448 and S$498 for a first class meal for two. These seemingly sky-high prices led to an outcry and almost seemed like forcing SIA’s hand in revealing the prices on Thursday.
If anything, SIA is either really swift in nipping speculations in the bud, or really thin-skinned to allow such rumours to fester and take a life of its own.
The prices are not exactly out of this world, given that you will only need to spend $50 to step on a plane (yes, sadly it’s not taking off), and have an economy class meal with two alcoholic drinks. The Restaurant A380 @Changi endeavour, will almost certainly be the first to sell out.
In any case, these events are likely going to be once-in-a-lifetime, so mark your calendars, and be prepared to spend some money!