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When the DC-10 flew its last passenger flight in 2014, it was the end of an era in aviation history. Today, the big trijets that were early rivals to the Boeing 747 have all been scrapped or confined to flying cargo.
But you can still get a seat on a DC-10 as a paying customer. You just have to go to Accra, Ghana.
The city is home to the world’s only DC-10 restaurant, which proves that sitting in the middle seat can actually be fun sometimes. The TPG team recently visited La Tante DC10, an aircraft-turned-restaurant in Accra, Ghana for drinks. The restaurant/bar is actually a vintage Ghana Airways DC-10 plane parked on a tree-lined site near the Kotoka International Airport (ACC). It serves both international and local cuisine, and you can visit for drinks or dinner. The plane still retains some of its original seats and interiors, decked out with a little traditional Ghanaian flair.
Of course, we had to check it out. Here’s what we found.
The restaurant didn’t do a great job of answering the phone, so we found it best to just try our luck and head over when we were ready to have a couple drinks. The plane was relatively empty when we went on a Friday about 8:30pm, but if you have to wait, you can hang out in the bar or wander around the outside of the aircraft, which is a treat in itself. Or go just for drinks and dine elsewhere, like we did.
La Tante DC10 is located just a few minutes away from the terminals at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, on the 007 Airport Road. If you feel like popping in for dinner but are still in the States, you’re really just a day away and can fly from New York-JFK on a nonstop flight to Accra in Delta One.
The restaurant was a sight to see. The plane, which seemed massive up close, was lit up at night and looked really spectacular. Walking up the red-lit jetway stairwell was rather exciting: Boarding a plane to dine or drink, but not fly, was a unique experience.
After heading up the red-lit stairwell (and a brief photoshoot, of course) we turned right into the bar area.
Seating at the bar was luxurious, as larger first-class seats from back in the day lined either wall, decorated with Ghanaian pillows and throws. Points for originality!
We had a group of about 15, and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. It was great for photos and just hanging out.
The dining room was in the economy section of the aircraft. Economy plane seats of three and three faced each other with tables between. Thankfully, the aisle was much wider than in most economy cabins these days.
While this wasn’t a fancy spot, it was definitely an original experience, and we were thankful for the large, bulky air conditioner that kept us cool during a sweltering Ghanaian evening.
Food and Beverage
The bar menu offered beer, wine and cocktails. During our visit, the bar actually ran out of wine. (We ordered the last two glasses.) So the team indulged in beers and gin and tonics as an alternative. Prices were cheap, with beer starting at $1.30 and mixed drinks at $3.15.
Although our team didn’t eat dinner there, we noticed the menu had a little bit of everything. Local specialties included chicken or tilapia with jollof, while international dishes included spaghetti, chicken sandwiches and salads.
While we didn’t have an opportunity to try out the food, the Tante DC10 experience was unusual and fun. It’s the perfect space for a drink, a quiet bite or a work gathering. AvGeeks could even celebrate a wedding there, or you could just stop by during a long layover at Kotoka Airport, which is close by.
While I wish they hadn’t run out of wine, I was lucky enough to get the last glass. Good thing we snapped a photo: It was one of the only times you’ll see TPG in the middle seat in economy!
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