AirAsia opens a restaurant serving plane food

AirAsia have launched a restaurant serving plane food [Photo: Getty]

Plane food is the divider of people. While some can’t get enough of the pre-packaged meals, others would rather go hungry than chow down on a tray of pre-prepped food stuff.

But if you’re in the love it camp you’ll be pleased to hear that an airline has decided to open an entire restaurant that sells nothing but plane food.

Yep, AirAsia has decided the on-board food it serves up is so popular it will literally fly [*groans*] out of the kitchen.

The restaurant, dubbed Santan, which translates as “coconut milk,” will sell some meals for the bargain $3 (£2.29) a go, and all with the airline’s branding on the packaging.

According to CNN, the airline started serving up dishes such as roasted chicken with teriyaki sauce at a fast-food style restaurant in a mall in Kuala Lumpur, earlier this week.

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Should you be partial to a tray of plane food, you can get your in-flight fix on land by lapping up the airline’s signature dish, Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak, served with rice with chilli sauce.

Other tray-based delights include satay skewers, beef rendan, Vietnamese Chicken Pho, plus Uncle Chin's Chicken Rice.

“We have seen a significant appetite for our in-flight menu offerings beyond our flights across the region and this is our answer to that demand,” the firm’s general manager Catherine Goh said in a press release.

The team also claim their unique restaurant has a focus on sustainability.

“We also work with local farmers, suppliers and partners to ensure sustainability and long-lasting relationships between our ASEAN community as we continue to provide jobs and opportunities to local communities for them to grow,” the website reads.

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The airline has opened a fast-food style restaurant in a mall in Kuala Lumpur [Photo: Santan/AirAsia]

And the brand has some lofty ambitions with brand reps claiming that by 2025, they hope to have opened a around 100 restaurants worldwide.

It’s one thing devouring an in-flight meal while you’re starving and have no other option, but with plane food proving so divisive, we’ll have to see if people will willingly choose the tray-based food for their lunch, when their feet are firmly on the ground.

But who knows, it may well take off [*groans*].