Plane food doesn’t have the best reputation, with airlines often trying to make it better with the help of celebrity chefs and wider menu options.
However, AirAsia is so confident that its in-flight meals are a cut above the rest, it’s taking things one step further and opening an entire restaurant inspired by its in-flight menu.
We’re not talking a new dining venue in the airport, or extra options for passengers who use the business lounge.
We’re talking a real, functioning restaurant open to the public where you can choose to tuck into plane food rather than it being your only foodie option.
During an interview on Larry King Now, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes said: “Our food is fantastic. We believe in it so much that we’re going to start a fast-food restaurant out of it. It’s called Santan.”
At the moment there’s been no official announcement from the airline regarding the opening of a restaurant.
However, a glance at its existing in-flight menu, named Santan, shows the kind of dishes which will be on offer.
Think the likes of Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Pumpkin Kootu and Vegetable Jalfrezi with Jeera Rice, Chicken Tikka Masala with Garlic Naan, Spiral Pasta with Chicken Sausage.
Those are just the hot meals; passengers who want a light bite can currently choose from assorted sandwiches and croissants, as well as a few extra snacks, although it’s not yet known whether these would be on offer at the new restaurant too.
Of course, even if it’s in a restaurant, it remains airplane food – and we’re not sure if we’d pick it over other food offerings to be found.
Whether the idea takes off is yet to be seen.
For now, there are ways to help add a touch of extra flavour to your in-flight meals to get a better foodie experience – in fact there’s even an easy £2 hack a lot of passengers swear by.
Or you could consider asking for some of those in-flight extras like extra meals which most people don’t think to ask for, that can actually make for a first class experience on an economy budget.