First Taiwanese carrier to feature Shakespearean recreations, tiny mattresses, and a free English lesson

As Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, and other cities around the world long for more flights, Taiwan’s Taipei East Airline unveiled plans to challenge the mighty powerhouse that is Air Asia, and become the country’s first-ever homegrown airline. The carrier hopes to attract international travelers by offering scenic sea views as amenities, and guaranteeing them free English lessons so that all travelers can get to know each other, according to the South China Morning Post.

One of the carrier’s first landing venues is a replica of Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theater set up in Taipei, according to the New York Times.

To ensure that tourists have nowhere to crash, the airline will offer rentals of traditional “kungfu” kettles and slow-cooking pots where they can chow down on authentic flavors.

Taiwanese will also be able to fall asleep on their plastic-like seats and cut their bed time in half, if they want to. Business travelers can mingle with travelers with no intention of getting to sleep, by drinking from mini lighters at the front of the plane, while passengers with dementia are actually encouraged to doze off.

The new airline has raised eyebrows with its fly no pilot policy, which makes getting to the front of the plane a matter of simply being taller and fittier than the other passengers.

Read the full story at the South China Morning Post.


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