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A McDonald's In New Zealand Lets Diners Eat Inside A Decommissioned Plane

A McDonald's In New Zealand Lets Diners Eat Inside A Decommissioned Plane

Everyone's pretty excited to get their hands on a Big Mac once again but imagine being able to eat it from the inside of a decommissioned plane like you can in one restaurant in New Zealand.

The fast food joint is situated inside an old Douglas DC-3 plane - although the counters are located in the actual McDonald's store next door.

We're not sure about how the restaurant is laid out at the moment, but before the coronavirus pandemic the Taupo McDonald's was a 'landmark'.

Inside the plane. Credit: Shutterstock
Inside the plane. Credit: Shutterstock
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The plane still features its original cockpit which sits behind a glass door for people to look at.

The jet, which has the fast-food chain's famous logo painted on the side, was purchased in 1990 by the company and Eileen Byrne and her husband Des have owned the McDonald's since 2000.

The pair, who have been franchisees since 1995, said they were 'thrilled' when they found out that they'd topped the Daily Mean's list of world's coolest McDonald's in 2013 - it can't have come at much of a surprise though considering it's unique features.

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The outside of the plane. Credit: Google Maps
The outside of the plane. Credit: Google Maps
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According to Eileen, the plane was built in California in 1943 and started out as a passenger jet in Australia in 1961. Apparently, the aircraft was used for the New Zealand Post Office and has a few other roles but it was retired in 1984 after racking up over 56,000 flying hours.

The entrance to the dining area is via a stairway near the tail of the jet which leads up from a playground for children.

In April, New Zealand lifted lockdown restrictions and customers were able to get their greasy fix once again.

Taking to Facebook, restaurant staff wrote: "Oh we have missed you! Great to see you all this morning enjoying your Maccas meal! What did you miss the most?"

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According to The Sun Online, one delighted mum said: "I got Maccas for my three kids, and the service was so quick. The line was long, but the service was incredible, and there was a very fast-moving queue."

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Topics: Food, Community, McDonald's

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]