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.


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      jli585
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take off another 500 bucks or I'm walking out right this moment
      Essende
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the point of this is????
      MeanMrMustard
      • 1 Year Ago
      My only question is: Why?
      LT
      • 1 Year Ago
      *DING* This is your Captain speaking. We\'ve just reached altitude and will be serving in-flight meals and cars in just a few moments. It looks like we\'ll be flying through international airspace today, so you\'ll have a chance to take home that gas guzzler duty-free!
      calikev05
      • 1 Year Ago
      Test drives in the cargo bay?
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be nice if they had a dealership or test fleet at the airport so you could read about the car in-flight and then go see it once you land -- or they could even provide free taxi service in a new car for people that appear to be seriously interested.
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        You seem to think this is not ridiculous.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MistyGreen
          I think it's ridiculous to try to sell cars on a plane. I don't think it's a bad idea to advertise cars on a plane.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe the passengers have hired drivers but no car for them to driven around in, only plausible idea I can come up with.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get it. Who the heck wants to buy a car when they are on a plane? The only thing I can think of spending money on when I'm thousands of feet in the air is something to eat, perhaps maybe even a drink or two.
      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like we sent a large number of Madison Avenue types to China.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real scary thing is that there is a Chinese budget airline. Must be like a dollar store in the sky.
        Cabriofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scr
        At least their pilots aren't drunk (looking at you southwest)
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's not a real plane. That's a scene from the movie "Airplane!" from 70s. That's merely a prop for the movie, you can see it by how dangerous and cheap it is. What? That's a real plane? That carries real human beings? In the air?
      • 1 Year Ago
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