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A retired Airbus passenger plane has found a new life as a restaurant in India

A retired passenger plane has found a new life as a restaurant in the northern Indian city of Ludhiana in Punjab. Hawai Adda is 72-seater restaurant that serves vegetarian food, and it is made out of a junk Airbus 320 that once flew for Air India.

A retired passenger jet has found a new life as a restaurant in India. Image: Hawai Adda
A retired passenger jet has found a new life as a restaurant in India. Image: Hawai Adda

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.

A retired passenger jet has found a new life as a restaurant in India. Image: Hawai Adda
A retired passenger jet has found a new life as a restaurant in India. Image: Hawai Adda

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