Pilot opens restaurant that replicates in-flight experience on the ground

BY NORBAITI PHAHARORADZI – JOHOR BARU: If you have always enjoyed your in-flight dining experience, you can now replicate it without leaving the ground at the Dream Liner Airway Café.

Its owner Jonathan Lee, 23, who is himself a pilot, said he had dreamt of setting up such a restaurant for many years.

“I had looked for ideas on how to turn my dream into reality as I wanted to set up an establishment that would be different from others.

“I am lucky to have received support from my elder brother and two best friends who supported my idea and become my business partners as well.

“I was inspired by a restaurant in China which operated from an old aeroplane,” he said when met at the café located in Taman Desa Tebrau here.

The café has been made to look like a cabin to give customers or `passengers’ that aviation feel.

“Customers are given a passport-themed menu and an order form that looks like a boarding pass,” said Lee, adding that seven “cabin crew” or waiters also wear airline-themed outfits.The cafe is open from 11am until 11pm daily, except Tuesdays.

Lee said it could accommodate about 53 diners and that the overhead compartments, aeroplane seats, windows, cubicles and other props were custom-built in China.

The cafe serves western, local and Korean dishes.