Far Eastern low cost carrier Air Asia has opened a restaurant serving plane food.
Yes, you heard that correctly.
The Santan Restauraunt and T&Co Cafe has opened its doors today, 3rd December in the airlines home base of Kuala Lumpur. Situated in the Mid Valley Megamall, it’s a little way from the tourist hotspot of the Petronas Towers. It is nearby KL Sentral station though, which is where the airport express train terminates.
The group has big ambitions too. By the end of 2020, group CEO Tony Fernandes hopes to have 5 restaurants open by the end of 2020. By 2025, he plans on having 100 franchise operated restaurants. The ultimate goal is to have a premises in New York’s Times Square.
The opening of this flagship restaurant is the beginning of something great for the Santan and T&CO brands. 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. We are very proud to extend what started out as an in-flight menu into new markets and reiterate our support for local and Asean producers, suppliers; apart from creating new job opportunities with affordable franchising. By the end of 2020, we aim to have five owned Santan restaurants and 100 franchisee-operated restaurants and cafes within the next three to five years with expansions in global markets.General Manager of Santan Restaurant and T&CO Cafe Catherine Goh
Those of you who don’t fancy plane food, don’t worry. According to the general manager, Catherine Goh, the restaurant’s menu will only consist of 30% plane food.
Much like Air Asia, the restaurant is low cost. A typical meal will set you back around RM12 (a little over £2).
Not interested in a full meal? You can also order coffee, tea cakes and snacks.
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