Pictured: The "airplane cafes" in Thailand that offer airline food to provide a solution to the missing meals during the flight (there is even one in a retired Airbus A330).
- In the redesigned A330, coffee drinkers can make themselves comfortable in first-class seats
- In a café at the Thai Airways headquarters in Bangkok, guests eat spaghetti, which is served on plastic bowls by the cabin crew
- Thailand was the first country outside of China to detect a coronavirus case, but has since registered a low toll
With millions of people around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, “airplane cafes” in Thailand offer their customers the opportunity to pretend they're in the sky – and the idea seems to have worked.
On board a retired airliner in the coastal city of Pattaya, coffee drinkers make themselves comfortable in first-class seats and pose for photos by the lockers.
Boarding passes in hand, some "passengers" even decide to tour the cockpit.
At Thai Airways headquarters in Bangkok, guests appear to have missed their meal on the plane when they devour spaghetti carbonara served on plastic trays by cabin crew
The food is served at the Thai Airways aircraft café, which also includes Thai-style beef
This image shows visitors enjoying business class seats in a retired Airbus A330 that has been converted into a coffee shop at an attraction location outside Pattaya, Chonburi Province
"With this café I can sit in first class and also play around in the cockpit and pretend I'm the captain of the plane," 26-year-old Thipsuda Faksaithong told AFP.
& # 39; It's a lot of fun. & # 39;
Chalisa Chuensranoi, 25, said her visit was as good as any trip she made prior to the pandemic that closed Thailand's borders in March.
"Sitting here in the prime section … really makes me feel like actually sitting on a plane and flying through the air," she said.
In another café at the headquarters of the national airline Thai Airways in Bangkok, hungry guests even seem to have missed airplane meal as they devour spaghetti carbonara and Thai-style beef served on plastic dishes by cabin crew.
The bar in the converted Airbus A330 in the province of Chonburi. Airplane cafes have really taken off in Thailand
In the Airbus A330, customers can even pose for photos in the cockpit, as this picture shows
For some who visit the cafe, the experience is about more than the airplane meals on offer
For Intrawut Simapichet (38), who came to the café with his wife and baby, the experience is more than a meal.
"Usually I'm a person who travels a lot, and when we're forced to stay at home … it's kind of depressing," he said when fellow travelers with luggage posed at a fake airplane door.
"(The café) makes what is missing."
Thailand was the first country outside of China to detect a coronavirus case, but has since recorded a low number with around 3,400 infections and 58 deaths.
Travel restrictions have nevertheless wiped out the tourism-dependent economy, while Thais have gotten bogged down in other countries due to quarantine requirements.
The government is currently considering travel bubbles with select countries that also have low tolls.
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