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A new life: decommissioned 747 jet is the world's first aircraft to be converted into a hotel - the 'Jumbo Hostel'


By WcP.Story.Teller - Posted on 19 February 2009

the world's first built guesthouse onboard a real Boeing 747-200 has touched down at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

World's first guesthouse on a plane opens in Stockholm, Sweden

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Up close, a Boeing 747-200 is an impressive sight. Visitors to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport can now get a real, close-up view of a mighty bird - in the form of a decommissioned jumbo jet that has been converted into a hostel, opened in mid-January.

the hostel features a reception and lounge area, complete with candlelit tables and a retro company logo

The decommissioned jumbo jet was built in 1976 and has been operated by carriers including Singapore Airlines and Pan American World Airways, better known as PanAm. It was taken out of service in 2002, and has featured at Arlanda for some time.

’It's just fantastic and unbelievably exciting to finally be able to show something so unique and special for the rest of the world,’ says Gisela Olsson, Site Manager at the Jumbo Hostel

The hostel offers 74 beds in different combinations - from four to three to twin beds in the fuselage. Two beds have replaced the seats formerly occupied by pilot, co-pilot and navigator. Although most of the instruments and meters have been removed, the flight controls remain as well as some of the numerous switches that the crew has to keep track of. En suite is a bathroom and shower - and adjacent is the top deck where eight of the 16 original chairs have been kept. Day visitors can rent a chair to relax, or the area can be used for conferences or meetings.

it's even possible to wake up to the sight of real planes taxiing on the airport's runways through the windows in your room

The top deck area is also the only part of the plan where the original insulation has been left unchanged. That allows some of the background sounds to filter through from the airport and nearby runways that are visible through the plane windows. However, the other rooms and remainder of the plane’s public areas have been sound-proofed, site manager Gisela Olsson and crew of six stressed.

originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1976, the jet also spent time in Cathay and Pan Am fleets

Olsson, like the other crewmembers, wears a navy-blue uniform, modeled on a version worn by a now defunct Swedish domestic airline. Visitors can order food and buy souvenirs geared toward guests interested in aviation as well as gift certificates, Olsson said pointing to an area in the hostel lobby.

guests (or is that passengers?) have the chance to sleep in the cockpit of the aircraft...

To access the top deck, visitors have to climb a narrow stairway making it a no-go zone for wheel-chairs. However, the rest of the plane is open for disabled people - and the main deck is reachable via an elevator. At present, the four engines are missing as the engine pods are being converting into two-bed rooms. The new rooms will have been be added to the plane by mid-March. Guests will have to scale ladders to reach them.

prices ranging from £29 for a dorm bed to £275 for the cockpit double, which includes private bathroom and breakfast

“The hostel is the first to be housed in a jumbo jet,” said General Manager Oscar Dios, at least he and his partners have failed to find others when searching the Internet. The project got underway in 2006 and securing permits and organizing other paperwork has gone “very smoothly”, Dios said, adding that nearby hotels and Arlanda airport management have welcomed the “landmark” project. If the family-controlled operation is successful, it could be followed by other hostels in other parts of the world, Dios said.

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Photos courtesy of Monsen arkitektur / Rex Features

Original Source: Thaindian News and The Telegraph

Related Articles: Strange hotels, unusual places and A 747 flat bed - for £120 a night

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