Plane food is the universal divider of people. While some can’t get enough of the pre-packaged meals, others would rather go hungry than choke down a tray of the stuff.
Those in the pro-plane-food camp, however, will be pleased to hear that an airline has decided to open an entire restaurant that sells nothing but in-flight meals.
Yep, Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia has declared the on-board food it serves is so popular it shouldn’t be exclusive to passengers 30,000 ft in the air.
Dubbed Santan - which translates from Indonesian to English as ‘coconut milk’ - the restaurant will sell meals all packaged up with the airline’s branding starting at the bargain price of $4.40.
On the menu at the fast-food-style eatery, which is located in a mall in Kuala Lumpur, are dishes such as roasted chicken with teriyaki sauce and the airline’s signature dish, Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak, served with rice with chilli sauce.
Other tray-based delights include satay skewers, beef rendang, Vietnamese Chicken Pho, plus Uncle Chin's Chicken Rice.
“We have seen a significant appetite for our in-flight menu offerings beyond our flights across the region and this is our answer to that demand,” AirAsia’s general manager Catherine Goh said in a press release.
The team also claim their unique restaurant has a focus on sustainability.
“We also work with local farmers, suppliers and partners to ensure sustainability and long-lasting relationships between our ASEAN community as we continue to provide jobs and opportunities to local communities for them to grow,” the website reads.
And the brand has some lofty ambitions with reps setting a 2025 target of opening around 100 restaurants worldwide.
Who knows, ground-based plane food may well ‘take off’.
Additional reporting by Yahoo Style UK.
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