Boeing 737 restaurant opens in China

Boeing-737-restaurant-Wuhan-ChinaA decommissioned Boeing 737 aircraft has found new life as an airline-themed restaurant in Wuhan, China.

Parked in a German-style pedestrian mall and with a covered boarding ramp accessed by an escalator, the Boeing 737 restaurant has 20 tables, and guests can even try out a flight simulation system in the cabin.

Named Lily Airways, the restaurant is owned by tycoon Li Yang, who says he spent ¥35 million (about US$5.2 million) to relocate and convert the retired plane.

While the wait staff wears flight attendant uniforms, diners need not worry about being served such plane fare as packaged nuts – the international chefs in the on-board kitchen offer Western-style fine dining.

Li Yang says the airliner was bought from the bankrupt Batavia Airways of Indonesia, and took almost four months to transport after being split into several parts.


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