China has opened its first aeroplane-themed restaurant – inside an actual aircraft.
According to Shanghaiist, “Lilly Airways – International Airplane Food” is set within a Boeing 737, which was previously operated by Indonesian carrier Batavia Air before it went bust in 2013. A local businessman purchased the aircraft for RMB35 million (US$5.2 million), and spent nearly four months moving the plane from Indonesia to downtown Wuhan.
Diners can expect an authentic airline-themed experience from the get go, as they enter the aircraft from a life-sized airbridge. Once onboard, they will be served by waiters dressed in flight attendant uniforms.
The service staff are required to meet the standard requirements that Chinese airlines use to select their flight attendants. This includes an education background related to the aviation or hospitality industry, and a minimum height of 1.65m.
The restaurant boasts a fine-dining experience. Jiemian.com reports the cost of a meal is approximately RMB200-300 (US$30-45), which is relatively expensive in China. For an extra RMB100 (US$15), diners can also visit the cockpit of the B737 in order to use the in-built flight simulator.
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