But here’s Thai Airways to prove us all wrong.
Thai Airways, the national carrier of Thailand, recently transformed the cafeteria of its Bangkok offices into a pop-up restaurant serving the airline’s in-flight menu — and it was mobbed on opening day.
“I like the in-flight meals on Thai Airways, but we only get to have it when we fly,” said Kanta Akanitprachai in a statement to Reuters, reportedly without a hint of sarcasm. “Today we get to have it here, that’s good because we want to eat.”
The restaurant opened Thursday, partially as a way to recoup some of the lost revenue from decreased demand for travel amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to Varangkana Luerojvong, the catering managing director for Thai Airways, who spoke with Reuters.
The restaurant offers more than just in-flight food, too. Airline seating replaces traditional dining chairs, and the cafeteria has been decked out with spare plane parts. The chef and cabin crew were also available to interact with customers, in full uniform, while they eat.
Luerojvong said the pop-up, which can turn out 2,000 meals per day, will continue based on its current success.