China Unveils Its First Airplane Restaurant
Airplane food has developed a bad reputation over the years, but one new Restaurant is trying to change that—without ever leaving the ground. China has opened its very first airplane restaurant, called Lily Airways. Restaurant’s guests can enjoy fine cuisine inside a massive Boeing 737 aircraft without ever leaving the ground. The owner, inspired by a hotel in Sweden carved from an old airplane, bought the retired aircraft from Indonesian airline, Batavia Airways. B737 plane can typically carry 128 passengers. According to Li, the restaurant can accommodate 70 guests at a time.
Owner Li Yang told reporters that it cost him 35 million yuan ($5.2 million) to buy and to re-fit the retired jet. Ambitious Li said his restaurant, which has been named ‘Lily Airways’, is a Western-style fine-dining space. The man claimed he had spent ‘big money’ hiring chefs from abroad to man the kitchen and that the average price is around 200 ($30) to 300 yuan ($45).
Far from the typical packaged nuts available aboard many flights, Lily Airways offers a fine dining menu selection. The one thing not consistent with an actual airborne meal? Diners are served at booths, rather than folding tray tables. No word yet on whether dinner is topped off with peanuts or pretzels. Also, guests can experience the feel of flying a plane in the cockpit! If you finish your meal and find yourself still hungry for more aviation-oriented fun, you’ll want to proceed to the airplane-themed amusement park next door.
What’s more, waiters at the restaurant are required to meet hiring standards of Chinese airlines, including having an educational background in aircraft service or hotel management, and participating in regulatory etiquette training. Males need to be taller than 5ft 7in and females need to be taller than 5ft 4in. All staff members have to go through vigorous etiquette training. The wait staff even wear flight attendant attire to make the experience feel more authentic.
Feast your eyes on these extraordinary photos of China’s only winged restaurant.
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