Chinese Airline Says It Will Sell Cars On Board

The next thing flight attendants will be pushing to sell in the skies isn’t a new style of jewelry or brand of alcohol – it’s automobiles.

According to Bloomberg, China’s Spring Airlines Co., the nation’s biggest privately-owned carrier, plans to start selling Chinese-branded automobiles on flights as early as next month. Zhang Wu’An, a spokesman at the Shanghai-based company, said the cars will be priced from about 100,000 yuan ($16,000), but details on makes and models have not yet been publicized.

“We wanted to start in-flight sales a few years ago, and decided cars are suitable for our passengers,” Zhang told the news outlet. “Car sales are very popular in Shanghai and our passengers can have time during their flight to study details of the models available.”

Zhang also noted flight attendants will be trained on car details, while passengers may be eligible for in-air discounts. Initially, car sales will be available on flights from Shanghai, but there’s a possibility the service will be introduced to other flights.

Founded in 2005, Spring Airlines is China’s only no-frills, budget carrier. The airline made headlines a few years ago when they considered standing-only flights. The carrier flies to more than 20 cities throughout China, plus to international destinations in Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Thailand and Cambodia.


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