Thursday, 2 February 2017
INDIA: Former Air India Plane Turned Into Restaurant In Ludhiana, Punjab
It took more than a year to transform the plane into a restaurant and the name means ‘airport’ in Hindi. Hands Hospitality were behind the project and they wanted to retain most of the original elements of the aircraft. As a result, they had to hire experienced engineers and airline support staff to work on the renovation. Posts on its Instagram page reveal a prettily-illuminated exterior and a plush and glamorous interior.
The opening of the airplane restaurant was delayed over fire safety issues, and it was also claimed that that its wings were touching the edges of the Ludhiana- Ferozepur national highway, which was viewed as a potential traffic hazard.
These issues have now been resolved and the restaurant opened recently for business, where it thankfully doesn’t serve typical airline food. It also has a cafe, a bakery and a hall that can hold up to 40 people, and it holds the distinction of being India’s first airplane restaurant.