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A Seasoned Aircraft is Now a Luxury Restaurant

  • 24
  • 09
  • 2016

Flying is a pretty cool experience. I love everything about the whole experience – all the people rushing around the airport, the big terminals, professional staff, amazing machinery, crazy speeds, great views from the window, and oh year – flying gets you to some pretty amazing places.

What if I told you that in Wuhan, China, you can now experience being in an aircraft without having to pay $500+ for a flight?

A Chinese businessman purchased a plane from Batavia Air, an Indonesian airline that went bankrupt, for a price of nearly $5.5million. It was disassembled and shipped to Wuhan, where it now stands in the middle of a popular shopping street attracting locals and tourists alike.

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Customers eat lunch in airplane restaurant on September 9, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.. Different from the past airplane theme restaurants, this international route cuisine restaurant named " jasmine aviation" is transformed from a retired Boeing 737 aircraft, and is the first airplane restaurant in the country. The operator of this restaurant Lilang claims that the retired aircraft was bought from the Batavia Airway of Indonesia, and it took almost 4 months in transporting and took 35 million Yuan. (Photo by Wang HE/Getty Images)

Guests can expect to receive the full-flight experience (minus the flying, of course). This entails waiting in a ‘departure hall’ for an available seat, then boarding via an air bridge where flight attendants will then show you to your seats.

The restaurant’s flight attendants must meet the height requirements set by actual Chinese airlines, which is 5″9 for men and 5″5 for women, and must have experience or education in the aircraft industry.

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: An airplane converted to a restaurant is seen on September 9, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.. Different from the past airplane theme restaurants, this international route cuisine restaurant named " jasmine aviation" is transformed from a retired Boeing 737 aircraft, and is the first airplane restaurant in the country. The operator of this restaurant Lilang claims that the retired aircraft was bought from the Batavia Airway of Indonesia, and it took almost 4 months in transporting and took 35 million Yuan. (Photo by Wang HE/Getty Images)

The aircraft restaurant has four foreign chefs and five separate menus depending on the ‘route’ the plane is taking. American, German, and French cuisine will be served for a price of $30-$45.

If that experience is not enough for aircraft lovers in China, guests are able to enter the flight cockpit for a small price for a simulation experience and then invited to experience the aircraft-themed amusement park next door.

This is not the first novelty aircraft experience. Earlier this year a Boeing 747 was transported to the desert in Nevada for the Burning Man Festival where people were able to enter for performances and workshops.

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: The customer is sitting in the cab at airplane restaurant on September 9, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.. Different from the past airplane theme restaurants, this international route cuisine restaurant named " jasmine aviation" is transformed from a retired Boeing 737 aircraft, and is the first airplane restaurant in the country. The operator of this restaurant Lilang claims that the retired aircraft was bought from the Batavia Airway of Indonesia, and it took almost 4 months in transporting and took 35 million Yuan. (Photo by Wang HE/Getty Images)

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