Ludhiana opens India’s first aircraft restaurant

City in Punjab to offer extraordinary dining experience

Freestyle

March 22, 2017

/ By / Kolkata



The first such restaurant in India

The first such restaurant in India

An Airbus A320 has been converted into a restaurant at the ‘Hawai Adda’ complex on Ferozpur Road in Ludhiana, Punjab.

‘Hawai Adda’ is the name of the complex where four cousins have opened a restaurant inside a plane in Ludhiana, a city known for its opulence. More than the opulence, it’s the innovation that hits you. While the plane is originally a 180-seater Airbus A320, once flying for Air India, the seating capacity of the restaurant to make it airier has been reduced to 65.

Jaswinder Singh, the managing partner, said, “I acquire scrapped planes and turn them into themed entertainment venues. It’s a pure-veg, multi-cuisine restaurant. In Punjab, it’s first such project and the first such restaurant in India.”

The location is the Verka Milk Bar premises on Ferozepur Road, where Milkfed, the state-run corporation that owns Verka, has reportedly leased out the land to Kulwant Singh, one of the four cousins and partners, for INR 100,000-a-month.

“Specialised engineers put it together and then the interiors were done in about four months. Besides the plane, parked on the front lawn, the complex has a bakery, cafe and a small banquet hall. But, people mostly prefer to sit inside the plane,” Jaswinder said.

The project did run into trouble with the authorities as the Municipal Corporation did not quite know whether to consider the putting together of the plane here as new building. The first safety wing too gave it No-Objection Certificate (NOC) after much controversy and delay before the place opened for business around two months ago.

“There were some questions, because it’s a new thing. But, that’s all behind us now. Sorted. We have a lifetime lease. It took one and a half years to execute this concept, especially for those who haven’t travelled on a plane ever,” Jaswinder concluded.

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