Trying to sleep on an airplane sucks, but a Swedish company called Jumbo Hostel hopes travelers will overlook that fact in the name of novelty. "I was getting ready to expand my hostel business in 2006 when I heard about an old wreck of an aircraft for sale at Arlanda [Stockholm]," says Oscar Dios, Jumbo Hostel CEO.
Dios purchased the defunct 747 (abandoned by a bankrupt carrier in 2002) and has since transformed it into a hostel:
Jumbo Hostel offers 25 rooms with most three beds in each. All together, the hostel offers 72 beds; one more luxurious are to be found at the uper deck. The rooms are circa six square meters wide and measure three meters from floor to ceiling. All rooms have a flat screen TV where you can, among other things, watch the times of departure for all flights. Everywhere in the jumbo jet you have access to wireless broadband. All rooms offer a shower and toilet in the corridor, except for cockpit suite upstairs which boast their own shower and WC.
The cockpit has also been converted into a luxury suite.
Jumbo Hostel officially opens on January 15th; you can reserve a room here.