- Cotswold Airport in England bought a British Airways 747 for $1.35 (R20.27) and converted it into a "party plane."
- The aircraft, which features a dance floor and bar, costs $1,350 (R20 271.94) per hour to rent, or $16,000 (R240 260) for 24 hours.
- The airport has plans to get the TV screens working so it can host monthly cinema nights onboard.
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The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been an unfortunate casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many airlines speeding up its retirement over the past two years.
In 2020, British Airways sent its 747s to Cotswold Airport in England for storage, and the planes sat in rows until they were officially retired in October of the same year.
Source: British Airways
However, while most of the planes were sent to the junkyard to be disassembled, the airport did not want to let all of them go.
So, Cotswold Airport CEO Suzannah Harvey asked the airline if she could keep one of the 747s and repurpose it to preserve the Queen of the Skies' legacy and beauty.
The airline agreed and sold it to the airport for just $1.35 (R20.27) . As part of the sale, Harvey explained to Insider that BA has entrusted the airport to maintain the aircraft "as long as it is financially practical for the public use."
The 747 first joined the BA fleet in 1994 and operated 13,398 flights across nearly 60 million miles. It took its final flight from Miami to London Heathrow in April 2020.
Source: British Airways
The jumbo jet is one of four aircraft that feature BA's unique Negus paint job that was adorned in the 1970s and 1980s. The heritage livery was painted in 2019 to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary.
The airport invested £500,00 (R10 million) to convert the jet into a "party plane." However, £200,000 (R4 million) of that was used to build a concrete slab that houses the massive plane.
Onboard, guests will find the economy section has been transformed into a dance floor complete with lights, seating, and a DJ stand...
…while the galleys have been turned in a bar.
Meanwhile, the overhead bins and ceiling panels have been removed to reveal the fly-by-wire and inner workings of the aircraft.
"When you use the controls in the cockpit, that end actually has a physical effect by a wire on the 747s ailerons, flaps, etc., but nowadays it's all just computer," Harvey explained. "So, it's very special."
Moreover, the lights have been rewired to replicate the original lighting system the aircraft had when it was on the ground, costing about £80,000 (R1.6 million).