Fancy Some (Costly) Snacks Inside a Plane?
Not many of us would fancy what passes as food doled out in a plane. Well, this swanky new restaurant in China might want you to reconsider that.
A retired Indonesian airline’s Boeing 737 jet has got a new life in China as a restaurant! It took more than a year to land up at its final location in Wuhan, Wuhan, a megacity of 20 million in central China.
It cost a whopping $5.28 million to purchase the obsolete aircraft and another half million for freight, lifting, and tariff fees – making it one of the world’s most expensive restaurants. It was disassembled into many parts and transported from Indonesia to China after the owner purchased it.
The aircraft had been previously used by a few other airlines, including British Midland Airlines. The airplane is reportedly over 28 years old.
Named Lily Airways, can accommodate up to 70 guests and an average meal costs about $30-$45 per person. It contains a flight simulator in the cockpit, and also airplane-themed rides outside the restaurant for children.
Keeping with the aviation theme, staff members are dressed in flight attendant attire and are required to meet hiring standards of Chinese airlines. Guests get a boarding pass, loll around in the waiting room, and take a jet bridge onto the airplane.
The concept was reportedly inspired by a similar design in Sweden.