Do you like airplanes? Would you like to spend a night aboard an Airbus A319? If your answer is yes, take note and add this experience to your wish list: Apple Camping, an establishment in Pembrokeshire, a town in southwest Wales, has added to its accommodation offer the fuselage of an aircraft that was operational only three years ago, reports La Vanguardia.
Its promoters have converted two sections of the aircraft into a spacious room that preserves original details, such as the windows or the upper compartments in which passengers store their luggage during the flight. In contrast, the approximately 150 economy class seats that until his retirement occupied the cabin have been replaced by furniture more in line with its new function.
Instead, this room has two beds and a large sofa with TV, as a living room, which allows guests to enjoy a comfortable stay, plus a bathroom, this time, complete. The kitchen of the A319, on the other hand, maintains its function. Located at the rear, it will make the occupants feel like real crew members, among watertight cabinets and steel shelves. At the opposite end, a small exterior terrace has been fitted out, ideal for use as a dining room.
The experience has been named Arabian Nights Airbus , in honour of Etihad, the last airline to own the aircraft – previously it had flown with Air Canada and Air Malta . To spend two nights in this room-apartment costs 298 pounds sterling (325 euros), a price without a doubt affordable for those who have ever dreamed of sleeping on board.
A growing trend
Apple Camping’s proposal, although it may seem a bit extravagant to some, is actually another example of the growing supply – which means that there is a demand – of accommodation and services with aviation as the main protagonist. Without going any further, also in Wales, in the town of Redberth, only 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) from Pembrokeshire, it is possible to rent through Airbnb an old private jet built in the 70s to spend the night.
In Bangkok, the offer is more focused on gastronomy. During the pandemic, the airline Thai Airways opened a restaurant in its headquarters where they serve exclusively airplane food. The decoration incorporates details of the aircraft, from the seats to the stairs.
Taking advantage of the nostalgia, last year the TWA Hotel was inaugurated in the JFK airport of New York, an establishment that allows its guests to travel to the golden age of aviation. In vintage style, it occupies the former terminal of the former American airline, has 512 rooms overlooking the runways, six restaurants, a bar on a plane, and exhibition spaces, among other services. The proposal, like the others, is a success.
By Magda Bigas