Lovers of airplane food rejoice! You now don’t have to travel 40,000 feet above the earth to eat your fill, just head on down to Wuhan, where a new airplane-themed restaurant has opened — inside an actual airplane.
The Boeing 737 magically appeared on a busy shopping street in Hubei’s capital city in March. It was bought from bankrupt Indonesian airline Batavia Air at a cost of 35 million yuan by a local businessman. It took almost four months to move the plane from Indonesia to downtown Wuhan, gmw.cn reports. They must have taken the long way.
Diners enter “Lily Airways – International Airplane Food” through an authentic airbridge. Inside, there’s a cockpit, cabin and “flight attendants” to serve them.
Actually, all the restaurant’s waiters must meet strict standards that Chinese airlines use to select flight attendants. They must have an education background related to aircraft service or hotel management. Waiters must have a height of 1.75 meters or above and waitresses must be at least 1.65 meters tall. Only then will they be considered for a position as a fake flight attendant without the travel benefits.
Along with serving first-class meals, the restaurant also allows visitors to try out flight simulation in the cockpit (though you should probably do this before your meal). According to Jiemian.com, dinner at the restaurant costs around 200 to 300 yuan, plus an extra 100 yuan if you want to do the flight simulation. There is also a small airplane-themed amusement park close to the restaurant.
We just hope that the restaurant doesn’t make diners wait too long for their food.
By Sophie Wang
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