As you could probably tell, I’m a huge Avgeek. I first got interested in Aviation as a young child, and the passion and love for aircraft have only intensified as the years go by. The first thing I started to do as I grew older was plane spotting and a lot of it. I would spend hours upon hours at Brisbane Airport, taking photos and looking at these machines has never gotten old to me.
I’m currently in Kuala Lumpur at the moment, and as I was making my way to the hotel yesterday, something caught my eye instantly. There was a 737-300 parked in the middle of the city!
Now at first, I couldn’t believe that it was an actual aircraft, but as I quickly googled it after seeing it, I was amazed to find out that this aircraft has been turned into a restaurant and tourist attraction. Getting up close and personal with aircraft never fails to excite me.
For those who like to know the finer details, this aircraft has had a pretty exciting life. The 737 classic first became apart of the LAB fleet with the registration of CP-2313 before being taken up by CSDS Aircraft Sales And Leasing who are based in the United States and was then given the registration of N730CS. After spending some time in storage, Indonesian airline Lorena Air had hoped to take delivery of the aircraft but unfortunately, that fell through.
The 23.3-year-old plane is now rested up in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and has been since 2017.
When you visit the area o Bukit Bintang Street, you’ll see cool details on the walkways like this runway with lights either side.
Interestingly, all of the landing gear and most of the engine equipment and parts have been removed, I imagine for spare parts for the small number of airlines still operating these birds.
After having a look around the aircraft and speaking to some of the staff working there, they offered to give a small tour inside which was very kind of them.
As you can see, the aircraft has been completely turned into an operational restaurant complete with three different classes of meal options to choose from – economy class, business class and first class.
If you want to enjoy the restaurant, you’ll need to make sure you’re dining with another person, they, unfortunately, don’t cater to solo diners. The service runs for about 90 minutes, and you’re also given access to a lounge type of area before the meal service complete with alcoholic beverages.
Below I’ve listed all of the package deals and what is included in the price:
And if you’re keen to try out the restaurant and would like to know precisely what you’ll be getting, here is the menu:
As you can see, the prices vary from the starting price of $93 AUD for the economy package while the first class option will set you back $359. While this is a pretty unique and interesting experience, those prices are pretty damn high.
Interestingly, the menu a few years ago also used to include caviar and even a night at the Le Meridien, that would have made a lot more sense.
While it’s pretty awesome to get up close and personal with a classic aircraft, the prices don’t quite make it worth it for a meal service. It’s really something you do once just to say you’ve done it, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless.