Everyone used to book their tickets, pack their bags, and fly to their destination with simplicity. Traveling used to be as easy as 1, 2, 3. But the universe had other plans and dropped one of the biggest global health threats to the human race: COVID-19.
Perhaps, one of the most affected by the pandemic are travel bugs, who can’t help but follow safety protocols to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Some people can’t wait to visit scenic destinations while some sorely miss the traveling experience in itself.
Meanwhile, some travelers are so eager to fly because of the food. If you are one of those who love in-flight meals, then you may be delighted with AirAsia’s recent announcement.
The airline company revealed that it would be opening other branches of its restaurant across the world. Last year, it opened Santan, dubbed as the first café to serve in-flight foods, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – an Insider report noted that 30 percent of the menu served onboard is offered.
This may be because AirAsia claims the restaurant has thrived during the pandemic, so rolling out more restaurants not just in Asia but across the globe seems logical. Its first store serves classic Malaysian dishes and beverages like the Nasi Padang with beef Rendang, Nasi Lemak with chicken Rendang, and Teh Tarik.
The company sees the United Kingdom and China as the first countries to open stores in 2021.
AirAsia may be the first to open a restaurant offering in-flight meals but many companies have been toying with the concept long before the pandemic. Other airline companies have also thought of creative ways to attract travelers.
Singapore Airlines, for instance, had its parked A80 superjumbo jet turned into a restaurant so that guests can dine and experience in-flight meals on the plane – pretty much to make you feel you’re eating while flying. It also launched the SIA@HOME, which hopes to bring airplane foods closer to its guests.
Other airlines, meanwhile, have tried other means to lure customers. Qantas, for instance, offered a ‘flight to nowhere’ route – and it sold out in 10 minutes, proving how adventurers long for traveling. In fact, the spokesperson said this is the fastest-selling flight in the history of the Australian flag carrier.
The Boeing 787 aircraft will depart from and land to Sydney on Oct. 10, carrying around 134 passengers. Ticket prices range from $575 to $2,765 depending on the class.
The journey will take guests on a seven-hour flight but it wouldn’t land on any destination. Passengers can just appreciate breathtaking views over the Great Barrier Reefs and Uluru while up in the sky.