Japanese Airline ANA Launches Restaurant Service On Parked Plane
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched a restaurant service that offers first class dining on a parked plane, with first class meals costing the equivalent of approximately €460.
As reported by bbc.com, ANA launched the so-called "restaurant with wings" on Wednesday March 31, and has already added extra booking slots for April due to the initial slots selling out quickly.
The plane being used for the "restaurant with wings" is a Boeing 777, which is parked at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
A seat to dine in first class costs 59,800 yen, however, there is a cheaper business class option available, which costs 29,800 yen.
ANA employees came up with the "restaurant with wings" idea to make better use of the airline's parked aircraft.
Food Services By Other Airlines
The launch of ANA's "restaurant with wings" follows the launch of food services by both Singapore Airlines and British Airways.
Last October, Singapore Airlines offered people the opportunity to eat lunch on a grounded Airbus A380 plane at Singapore's main airport, with meals costing up to £380. The first two seatings sold out within 30 minutes.
British Airways launched a first class menu home delivery service last week in partnership with catering company Do & Co.
British Airway's first class menu home delivery service offers a choice of four different cook-at-home meals, each of which serve two people, and prices start at £80.
"Flights To Nowhere"
Other airlines have also been thinking creatively about how to make use of planes that are currently grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with "flights to nowhere" also proving to be popular in recent months.
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