Airplane Food Becomes Fine Dining Aboard A340 Restaurant

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Burhaniye Uçak Restorant. Photo credit: EzgiAntika via TripAdvisor.

People’s fascination with aircraft is endless and takes all shapes and sizes. Some disused aircraft have been turned into shelters and some into restaurants. The motto is, if you can’t fly, eat!

Turkey's largest restaurant comes with two wings, small oval windows, four engines, and a long tubular seating area.

The wide-body A340  used to occupy a coveted slot in Turkish Airlines's fleet before it retired about four years ago. It was then taken apart and the pieces transported to the northwestern city of Balikesir, where it was given new life as the Burhaniye Uçak Restorant (uçak means airplane in Turkish).

The A340, which debuted in 1993, has a capacity of around 270 to 354 seats, depending on the model. This particular plane-turned-restaurant seats 280 guests, SimpleFlying reports.

Real estate agent Huseyin Caliskan says the restaurant "has been the symbol of the region, hosting numerous wedding ceremonies, parties and dinners," according to CGTN.

Now, the novel eatery is up for sale for US$1.4 million. Reports suggest a Turkish businessman, who had funnelled US$1.5 million to create Burhaniye Uçak Restorant, is now facing health problems, spurring his decision to cash in.

Transforming aircraft in this way isn't unheard of.

In 2017, one of Air India’s old Airbus A320s transformed into a Ludhiana-based restaurant called “Hawai Adda,” meaning “airport” in Hindi, reports SimpleFlying. Another Indian restaurant, “Runway 1”, also makes use of an Air India Airbus A320. 

In Wuhan, China, a Boeing 737 bought from Indonesia's Batavia Airways transformed into “Lily Airways” restaurant in 2016.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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