A South Tyneside restaurant owner looks all set to get his latest venture off to a flying start.
Showkoth Choudhoury, owner of Monsoon Indian Cuisine, in Ocean Road, South Shields, has turned a Boeing 737 airliner into an eaterie.
One of his children came up with the idea after Mr Choudhoury and his staff created curries which were sent to United Nations troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo – over 4,000 miles away – last month.
Clients who wish to dine on the jet will meet at Monsoon and enjoy poppadoms and a round of drinks before being whisked away by coach to the airliner, based in Newcastle.
Mr Choudhoury said a friend owns the airliner and when they spoke of the idea his friend liked the sound of it.
He told the Gazette: “After we made the helicopter delivery, one of my children said, ‘wouldn’t it be great to have a plane restaurant?’
People will certainly be getting a different kind of experience, and the reaction I’ve had so far has been amazingShowkoth Choudhoury
“Someone I know has a Boeing 737 and I contacted him, asking if we could use it to serve food.
“He said that wouldn’t be a problem.”
Mr Choudhoury added: “I know there are some restaurants in the area in the form of a train carriage, so it’s similar to that, and we’re hoping it’s going to be a success.
“I’m very excited about this new venture.
“I thought I’d give it a try to see how it goes.
“People will certainly be getting a different kind of experience, and the reaction I’ve had so far has been amazing.”
Mr Choudhoury said ‘Monsoon Airlines’ will also be available for birthdays, wedding parties and other events.
A place on the plane will be £25 per person, plus the cost of the coach, which will be split between those attending.