China’s new fine-dining restaurant isn’t your usual Airlines food

The Boeing 737 was shipped from Indonesia to China in several parts. Photo / Getty Images
The Boeing 737 was shipped from Indonesia to China in several parts. Photo / Getty Images

It may be housed in a retired passenger jet, but China’s latest fine-dining restaurant has more on the menu than the typical mile-high cuisine.

Located on a German-style street in Wuhan – the capital of Hubei province – Lily Airways is the brainchild of Chinese tycoon Li Yang, who reportedly spent 35 million yuan to convert a retired Boeing 737 into a restaurant.

Staff are dressed like flight attendants and must meet hiring requirements of Chinese airlines. Photo / Getty Images
Staff are dressed like flight attendants and must meet hiring requirements of Chinese airlines. Photo / Getty Images

Passengers enter through an authentic airbridge and are also given the chance to try out a flight simulator in the cockpit for an extra 100 yuan ($20).

The restaurant can cater for 70 guests at a time. Photo / Getty Images
The airline theme extends to wait staff, who are decked out in flight attendant uniforms and must meet hiring standards of Chinese airlines, the Shanghaiist reported.

They are also required to have an educational background in aircraft service or hotel management.

Li told local media he had spent “big money” hiring overseas chefs for the eatery, which would focus on Western-style fine-dining.

Inspired by a hotel housed in a converted plane in Sweden, Li purchased his jet from Indonesia’s Batavia Airways and shipped it from Indonesia to China in several parts.

Owner Li Yang outside Lily Airways. Photo / Getty Images
Owner Li Yang outside Lily Airways. Photo / Getty Images

While a typical Boeing 737 can carry 128 passengers, Li said his restaurant could cater to 70 guests at a time – with meals ranging from around 200 ($41) to 300 yuan ($62).

nzherald.co.nz

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