How is a plane that cost US$1.35 and turned out to be a beautiful ballroom

El Negus 747 Una Noche de Fiesta. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)

At Cotswold Airport in the UK there is a giant plane that retains the color it had when it was still in service. It’s about a Boeing 747, nicknamed “Negus”which belonged to the British Airways fleet but Today it has a completely different function,

The giant equipment was intended to leave service and join other Boeing 747s that the British company took over in 2020 – today companies are abandoning the legendary 747s to replace them with more efficient aircraft – However, the director of Cotswolds Airport, Susanna HarveyAccording to Business Insider, the idea of ​​giving another life to the plane.

The plane was operational until 2020, when the company decided to take it back.  (Grosby Group)
The plane was operational until 2020, when the company decided to take it back. (Grosby Group)

Harvey saw an opportunity to preserve the plane and turn it into a tourist attraction, entertainment venue and party venue. So he offered to buy a 747 from British Airways, to which the company said yes. For just £1 ($1.35), the company sold him the device.Management said in a chat with Insider, on the condition that the airport team will keep the aircraft “as long as it is economically practical for public use.”

What Harvey envisioned was a party and event aircraft, which is part of the airport landscape and can be used for a variety of functions, private or public events as well as business presentations and even weddings. Although the purchase was negligible initially, The airport cost £500,000 ($676,655) to fix the planeAs Sam Chui explains on his blog.

The aircraft retains the premium class lounges, where visitors can relax on vacation.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)
The aircraft retains the premium class lounges, where visitors can relax on vacation. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)

Externally the plane is preserved as it was when it flew, in fact it has a special paint from the 70s and 80s used by British Airways, so it was also used as an advertisement for the company. Works. inside, however, The economic part was dismantled to create an event room and the kitchen was transformed into a bar withAlso, they completely rewired the unit to install new custom lights.

Una Fiesta Tematica Dentro del Boeing 747. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)
Una Fiesta Tematica Dentro del Boeing 747. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)

The Negus 747 is not only used for events, but it is also possible to do £10 for adults and £5 for children,

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Those wishing to charter an aircraft for a party, wedding or other special occasion can do so 24 hours for around £12,000 ($16,200)or rent it for a few hours at the price of 1,000 pounds per hour, or $1,350,

The refurbished aircraft has a cocktail bar for customers.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)
The refurbished aircraft has a cocktail bar for customers. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)

Inside the aircraft, the only section that was completely changed was the economy class seats. rest class (First, Executive and Economy Premium) continues to be protected as before, in the same way as the Captain’s CabinWhich is not possible to go there, because it is still operational and accidents can happen.

Another curiosity that can be visited are the “sleeps” of the crew, a section strictly forbidden to the visit of passengers during scheduled flights.

The event plane also has a stand for the DJ to play music throughout the night.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)
The event plane also has a stand for the DJ to play music throughout the night. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Cotswold Airport Events Ltd.)

The main room has high tables that can be removed to turn into a ballroom, it has an airplane memorabilia cabinet that can be purchased by visitors and, in addition to the bar, which has already been mentioned, it has a set up for dj Specialized in turning the Negus 747 into a real party.

Although many objects are still reminiscent of the interior of an airplane, the space has been redesigned to look completely different with ornamental plants and a light fixture that is the envy of any bowling alley. Neither The Negus 747 is the perfect venue for any social event,

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