AN entrepreneur is renting out a real AirBnB that was constructed from an old passenger plane.
Steven Northam, a 39-year-old university lecturer, paid $5,000 for the front half of a Boeing 737 from the 1960s.
The 29-foot-long cabin was then modified for £15,000 so that it now beds four people across two stories, with a hot tub placed in an old jet cowling.
However, it is also outfitted with a flight simulator in the cockpit, as it had previously been used to educate flight crew. The original toilet, chairs, and overhead lockers are still present.
The five-ton front part was purchased by Mr. Northam, 39, from Chichester College in West Sussex, where crews had received simulator training.
The plane will soon be available for Airbnb rentals close to Steven’s home in Colden Common, Hants.
There are 300 persons on the waiting list already.
He claimed that in order to make the location less noticeable from the public roadway, he must install a sewage waste treatment facility and grow trees.
Married dad-of-two Steven said: “It was a concern that if I didn’t get it granted, what I would do with half a 737 plane.
“But it’s granted, and now I’m excited to crack on with finishing it up, getting it all ready and hopefully opening it up as an Airbnb in a few months.
“The council were really supportive of this innovative, different quirky idea, which I wasn’t expecting.
“But everyone was quite supportive and helpful, and I’m glad it’s gone through.
“Next I’ve got an armoured truck to convert into a caravan.”
From July to September 2022, he labored ‘quite solidly’ on his project from 7.30am to 4pm, preserving the original lavatory, eight overhead lockers, and three of the 30 passenger seats with trays and pouches underneath.
Old passenger tickets from Monastir, Tunisia, to Lyon, France, which Mr. Northam discovered hidden between the seats proved the Boeing belonged to Tunisair, the country’s flag carrier.
It was one of the first structures built, and he estimates its age to be around 54 years.
He said: “It’s a very old school plane.
“It’s one of the very early ones – it’s retro.”