China Spring Airlines

Better hire an automotive editor, SkyMall. The Chinese are about to one-up you.

Spring Airlines, a Chinese-based budget airline, will soon be adding cars to the slew of goodies that can be purchased via in-flight catalog. According to CNN Travel, passengers will be able to use their credit cards to make payments on the automobile of their choice. At least initially, Chinese-branded cars will be the only ones on offer, with prices averaging around 100,000 yuan (about $16,000).

Of course, this means Spring Airlines' entire cabin crew of 500-plus men and women will now have to be trained on selling cars and learning the specs of the variety of models on sale. And we do think it's a bit strange to buy a car without actually, you know, seeing it, let alone actually taking it for a test drive.

It's unclear exactly how customers who do fork over their credit cards mid-flight will take delivery of the cars they purchase. Furthermore, specific financing details are unavailable at this time – will customers need to pay all at once, or will payment plans also be available in-flight?

Spring Airlines plans to kick off its car-buying initiative in April, starting with flights out of Shanghai. Color us intrigued.