Emmanuel Ngetich: Billionaire Who Turned Old Plane Into Famous Kitengela ‘Club 034’

Emmanuel Ngetich, proprietor of Club 034, has embarked on a groundbreaking venture that has reshaped the entertainment landscape in Kenya. His innovative idea of converting a retired Boeing 720 airplane into a unique club experience has captured widespread attention nationwide.

The airplane, previously stationed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for several years, was procured from Kenya Airways (KQ). This more than 50-year-old aircraft was transported to its final destination in Kitengela, accompanied by police outriders, marking the beginning of its remarkable transformation.

Ngetich revealed that the inspiration for acquiring the airplane struck him during a visit to Bangkok, where he witnessed the success of a similar concept at Chang Chui—a hub for entertainment and shopping centered around a grounded Lockheed TriStar. Enthralled by the idea, he was determined to introduce a comparable experience to Kenya.

Now named Na-Oh, the plane has metamorphosed into a daily “grounded flight,” offering patrons culinary adventures and pleasures. Ngetich aims to revolutionize Kenya’s entertainment scene, drawing from the vibrant atmosphere he encountered in Bangkok. The acquisition of the airplane cost Ngetich Ksh 1 million shillings, with transportation alone, covering a distance of over 25 kilometers to Kitengela, surpassing that amount. Flash Mwatha, the engineer overseeing the restaurant’s design, disclosed that the overall cost, including refurbishment, ranged from Ksh 6 million to Ksh 8 million.

Recognized as the pride of Kajiado County, the airplane provides an exceptional experience for up to 100 clients, divided into three sections: a VVIP area in the cockpit, a VIP section in the business class, and a regular section in the economy class. Guests are greeted by a red carpet at the entrance, creating a luxurious and unique ambiance.

Outside, visitors can relish an airport-like experience, with tents and chairs set up on the “runway” as they await boarding. The onboard experience is enhanced by the fact that the food is prepared in the aircraft’s kitchen, and waitresses, dressed as air hostesses, serve guests.

Strategically located just 3 kilometers from Kitengela town along the Nairobi-Namanga highway, Club 034 attracts a diverse range of patrons, including children, teenagers, and adults. Renowned for serving some of the best nyama choma in town, the establishment allows adults to enjoy their preferred whiskey or beer while indulging in the club’s offerings.

Undoubtedly, Club 034 has established a new benchmark in Kenya’s entertainment industry by seamlessly blending innovation, nostalgia, and culinary delights to provide an unparalleled experience for its visitors.