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China Unveils Its First Restaurant Inside An Airplane

And it's not your typical airline food.

China has opened its very first airplane restaurant, where guests can enjoy fine cuisine inside a massive aircraft without ever leaving the ground.

Local media outlets refer to the new business as Lily Airways, and report that Chinese businessman Li Yang spent 35 million yuan (about $5.2 million) to relocate and convert a retired Boeing 737 aircraft into a restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Far from the typical packaged nuts available aboard many flights, Lily Airways offers a fine dining menu selection. The wait staff even wear flight attendant attire to make the experience feel more authentic.

Feast your eyes on these extraordinary photos of China’s only winged restaurant.

  • An airplane converted to a restaurant is seen from above on Sept. 9, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
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    An airplane converted to a restaurant is seen from above on Sept. 9, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
  • The restaurant operator, Li Yang, says that the retired aircraft was bought from Batavia Airways of Indonesia.
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    The restaurant operator, Li Yang, says that the retired aircraft was bought from Batavia Airways of Indonesia. It took almost four months to transport, at a cost of 35 million yuan.
  • A woman poses inside Lily Airways, China's first airplane restaurant.
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    A woman poses inside Lily Airways, China's first airplane restaurant.
  • A table setting inside the restaurant. 
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    A table setting inside the restaurant. 
  • Russian cooks prepare food inside a Boeing 737 that's been converted into a restaurant in China. 
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    Russian cooks prepare food inside a Boeing 737 that's been converted into a restaurant in China. 
  • The wait staff greets guests outside the airplane restaurant.
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    The wait staff greets guests outside the airplane restaurant.
  • A waitress puts finishing touches on a table inside China's first airplane restaurant.
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    A waitress puts finishing touches on a table inside China's first airplane restaurant.
  • A customer sits in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 that was converted into a restaurant.
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    A customer sits in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 that was converted into a restaurant.
  • A waitress pours water for customers.
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    A waitress pours water for customers.
  • Diners eat lunch without ever leaving the ground. 
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    Diners eat lunch without ever leaving the ground. 
  • Owner Li Yang stands under his airplane restaurant.
    Wang HE via Getty Images
    Owner Li Yang stands under his airplane restaurant.
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