Boeing 747-221H (Hostel) ;-)

Sunday 23rd November, 2008

Jumbo HostelOne of the world’s latest and coolest hostels! You can spend the night on board a real jumbo jet, on the ground! A former Boeing 747-221B – cn 21162 / ln 283 that once flew for Pan Am as “Clipper Belle of the Sky” has been converted to a hostel sited at Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Choose between sparkling three-bed rooms with shared shower and toilet in the corridor or the luxury suite in the converted cockpit with its panoramic view of the airport. At Jumbo Hostel you’re guaranteed a unique and outstanding experience at a good price.

History and curiosities

This is the budget price alternative Arlanda has needed for quite a long time and also a new landmark at Arlanda offering a unique experience for the guests, says hostel owner and the man behind Jumbo Hostel, Oscar Diös.

Oscar Diös:

– I was getting ready to expand my hostel business in 2006 when I heard about an old wreck of an aircraft for sale at Arlanda. Since I had for a long time wanted to establish my business at Arlanda I didn’t hesitate for a second when this opportunity struck.

The airplane, a worn out jumbo jet of the model 747-200 built in 1976, had Transjet as its last owner, an air operator that was bankrupt in 2002.

inside-hostel

In December 2007, Sigtuna authorities granted a building permit for establishing Jumbo Hostel at the entrance to Arlanda airport. In January 2008, the aircraft was moved to a construction site parking where the first phase of the conversion has begun with the dismantling of the old interior, new paint and new decorations for the rooms. 450 seats are taken out and the plane is sanitized in its entirety. The hostel is built like any house, subjected to the same demands on climate control and isolation. It adheres to all common energy standards. Heating is achieved with an air-air inverter.

The plane has been towed to its final destination at the entrance to Arlanda where it has been placed on a concrete foundation with the landing gear secured in two steel cradles. Jumbo Hostel is now a spectacular landmark as a portal to Arlanda offering a view of the landing strip. No visitor to Arlanda will miss the new hostel!

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One Response to “Boeing 747-221H (Hostel) ;-)”

  1. clubske said

    Whoehoe! Ons ‘to-do’-lijstje wordt weer langer 🙂

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