Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boeing 737 to be converted into aviation-themed restaurant, with waitresses in hostess uniforms


Converting a Boeing 737 into a restaurant is food for thought
Aviation food for thought [Image: stock.xchng]
Here’s a mouth-watering story for aircraft enthusiasts. An ambitious entrepreneur called Buks Westraad is redeveloping an old Boeing 737 into an aviation-themed restaurant, with waitresses dressed as air hostesses. There’ll be waiters too, who will wear flight captain uniforms.

The aircraft, which was previously owned by Congo Airlines, is now parked as Tempe Airport (outside of Bloemfontein), ready for its grand transformation. According to media reports, the kitchen and dining room will be located below the aircraft.

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“To get hold of the plane was one thing but with a weight of 30 tonnes and a wingspan of 26 metres, it was a logistical challenge to get it to Bloemfontein,” Buks Westraad told SABC News.

Construction of the restaurant and refitting the airplane will start soon and the new owners are hoping to serve their first meals in September 2013.

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27 comments :

  1. Pakistan Airlines Boeing 707 was placed at PIA Planitarium about fifteen years back and it was a nice attraction for children.

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  2. That guy stole my idea!!!!

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    1. Haha, you can still do it... make it bigger and better, get a 747!

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    2. I was going for the A380! I thought of this last year... I guess I have to get a patent :)

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    3. A old B707 said to be previously owned by Pan-Am was converted into a restaurant and sat next to the Manila International Airport in the Philippines. Here is a photo of it's interior. http://www.airliners.net/photo/0680353/

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  3. Super cool idea for aviation restaurant in a Boeing 737.. Why has this not happened before?

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  4. Raju Ranjan GogoiMay 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Nice am sure this will click. All d best!

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  5. Wow. Cool idea, but I'd think that a wide-body would be easier to set up as a restaurant... I can only imagine the "challenge" when someone is trying to deliver food forward as a "passenger" patron is making their way to the lavatory aft, while yet another couple is trying to walk to the door after paying their bill... etc. Even if the tables are only set up along one side of the fuselage, that still leaves a pretty narrow path for two-way foot traffic. Perhaps it will be booths along the side instead of tables-- that might make it better. Either way, I'm thinking that a fuselage from an old DC-10 might be easier to work with.

    Unrelated, I'm sure someone will raise the fuss about the uniforms in today's politically correct world, since there's female pilots and male flight attendants these days. I'm sure that the criticisms won't go far, though, just as a male server in a Hooter's uniform isn't a selling point for the brand, and why some folks were ridiculed for arguing why a girl wasn't allowed to join the Boy Scouts... Seems that a lot of folks argue principles for the sake of it.

    I think I'd enjoy the theme and the food there. I always had a soft spot for "airline food". :)

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  6. Great idea, you can imagine how expensive!

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  7. Wayyy back (circa 1977), My father and I went to a lounge named the "Airport Lounge" (or something like that), in Columbus Georgia. As I remember, it was made from a fuselage section of a 727 (I think) wedged between two store fronts in the local mall. You sat in typical aircraft seats and the waitress (dressed as a flight attendant) placed your drinks on your "seatback tray table".

    The windows were back lit with photos from different airport approaches.

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  8. Fantastic Theme.

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  9. If he got hold of an old Space Shuttle, he should open a new branch for Star-bucks !

    Oh well back to the day job and the rain, and more rain and more rain, and more rain....

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  10. Hardly a new idea. Been done before and the novelty factor wears off very quickly.

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  11. Sorry, not a new idea.

    Usually set on a podium up in the air, there may still be Super Constellations being used as restaurants somewhere in the USA, as well as Boeing 727s using the rear airstair as an entrance.

    Boeing 707s and 727s have also been converted to homes - the insulation is excellent in high-flying jet aircraft.

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  12. Seems like someone has money to burn with this idea.

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  13. I hope the food is better than airline food or it will be out of business pronto. Like passengers who fly and expect a good meal will these diners expect a free airplane ride??

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  14. Manchester airport uses the Concorde as a very nice attraction for its restaurant.

    While I would like to see the Coronado aircraft in Palma de mallorca converted in something like that. It is often the only way to maintain humanities technological achievements.

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  15. Very cool, this is a must see for me.

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  16. Innovation...

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  17. Another airliner restaurant is located near the Manila International Airport in Manila Philippines. Its a Boeing 707 once belonging to Elvis Presley. It goes back to the 1970's. Elvis was a good friend of President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda (of the 1000 pair of shoes fame?). Elvis gave his old 707 to Imelda who promptly turned it into a restaurant. I visited it during the 1970-80. Not sure if its still in operation today.

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  18. This is not a new idea. Its a nice idea, just not new. There is a A300-600 that was turned into a restaurant, in Charleroi, Belgium. Its been there for many years.

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  19. There was a C-46 turned into a restaurant next to Evergreen International Airlines Headquarters in McMinnville Oregon (where the Spruce Goose now resides). I heard that the C-46 is no longer there ...went to a aviation museum.

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  20. Sounds okay. Business class only or also coach?

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  21. Where is this going to be?

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  22. Finally a use for all the Kingfisher and Air Asia aircraft.

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  23. A former Trans Canada Airlines (Air Canada) Super Constellation was a good restaurant from 1998 - 2002. Lots of history on this airplane: http://www.conniesurvivors.com/CF-RNR.htm.

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