Due to the crisis, more and more airlines are parting with old aircraft. In Thailand, the financially troubled Thai Airways has now sold another Airbus A330, which a resourceful businessman has converted into a roadside café.
The operator of the Airbus lying on the ground with the landing gear dismantled is Damri Sangtang, a former officer in the Royal Thai Navy. He opened his roadside café called “Coffee war” on Road 331 near Sattahip, southeast of the well-known seaside resort of Pattaya.
Several military collectibles such as jeeps and trucks in olive-green camouflage and several helicopters are already on the site. This also includes a Bell UH-1 helicopter, as used in the Vietnam War.
The opening of the airplane café spread so rapidly via social media that there were long queues at the foot of the stairs to the airplane. The new institution even had to be closed for a week.
Since there are strict distance rules in Thailand due to the corona pandemic, staying inside the aircraft fuselage is limited to one hour. The café is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The audience loves the place: if you take a seat on the spacious armchairs inside the Airbus A330-300, which has been in service for Thai Airways for 20 years, you can enjoy the atmosphere as if you were on board an airplane without having to buy a ticket .
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