Last Thursday, the world’s first hostel housed inside a Boeing 747 jumbo jet progressed a step closer as the unused aeroplane was towed to a spot near Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. The Swedish news website, The Local, reports that the plane, which had been resting on Arlanda’s third runway since 2002, has been purchased by Swedish entrepreneur Oscar Diös.
There had been rumours about the Jumbo Hostel for a few years now, although approval from the airports authority and the Swedish National Roads Administration mean the hostel looks set to open for business in December.
The interior of the jumbo jet will be completely overhauled with construction of 25 three-bed dormitories plus a luxury suite in the converted cockpit.
The Jumbo Hostel will also feature a café and a walkway onto the plane’s left wing.
The location at Arlanda Airport isn’t the most convenient to Stockholm city centre, but I am sure it will prove popular with plane-spotters and travellers arriving on a late flight as it is only a 10-minute walk from the airport terminal building.
If this hostel is sucessful; Oscar, who had previously run Uppsala Vandrarhem, plans to open more Jumbo Hostels elsewhere in the world.