An ambitious Chinese businessman from Henan province has spent 8 million yuan ($1.2 million) buying two retired planes, planning to turn them into a restaurant and a hotel.
According to his staff, the planes are a pair of BAe 146s made by British Aerospace and were used to serve as passenger planes for China Eastern Airlines. However, currently, they both sit in the middle of a field outside of Zhumadian city. The jets’ proud new owner believes that they will help draw tourism and accelerate the local economy.
But, for the moment, the planes are both fixer-uppers.
This is not the first time a Chinese businessman has had such an idea. Back in 2016, one tycoon spent a whopping 5 million yuan ($754,000) on an old Boeing 737 and then an additional 3 million yuan ($453,000) transforming it into a restaurant.
Finally opened in August 2016, the restaurant “Lily Airways” is conveniently located in downtown Wuhan on a pedestrian street. A dinner at the restaurant costs from 200 to 300 yuan ($30-45) per person and diners can also try out the flight simulator in the cockpit — preferably before their meal.
In comparison, the location of the two former China Eastern planes leaves something to be desired. In China, there’s a law against turning agricultural land into commercial properties, meaning that it’d be illegal for the businessman to park his jets on the farmland, much less convert them into a restaurant and hotel.
By Alex Tang
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