Negotiations to transform the abandoned Yemeni plane into a restaurant on the coast of Abyan

English - Wednesday 13 September 2023 الساعة 04:03 pm
Aden, NewsYemen, exclusive:

  A source in the Yemen Airways Company revealed that negotiations are currently taking place between a local investor and the Yemen Airways Company, to rent an abandoned Yemenia plane at Aden International Airport to transform it into a tourist restaurant on the coast of Abyan.

  The source said that the abandoned Yemeni Airbus 310 plane was idle at Aden International Airport and had been out of service for years.  Spare parts were taken from it for the rest of the Yemeni aircraft. Its length is 46.66 metres. It is a wide-body aircraft, wingspan - 43.89 metres, height - 15.8 metres, cabin width - 5.28 metres, and weight - 160-164 tons.

The source did not disclose the name of the local investor, and whether he had reached a final formula for the plane rental amount with Yemen Airways.

By implementing the project to convert an abandoned Yemeni plane into a tourist restaurant on the ground, it will be the ninth global project of this kind, as 8 planes were converted into restaurants in several countries: Ghana, the United Kingdom, Colorado Springs, New Zealand, New York, and two projects in India.

 The capital, Aden, and its beautiful beaches are one of the most important Yemeni cities for domestic tourism, and such a project may add a new and unusual type of tourism services, and will constitute a tourist and entertainment landmark for residents and visitors to the capital.

Those interested in the idea and the project welcomed it, as many of these types of projects have found great popularity in many countries of the world.

 Yemen Airways has succeeded in building a fleet of aircraft over the past eight years, with the number increasing from one aircraft in 2016 to 6 aircraft in 2022, and the number of Yemeni aircraft is expected to rise to 8 aircraft early next year, according to company statements.

 The company abandoned aircraft leasing in favor of purchasing new aircraft to add to the company's assets.