The BA 747 ‘Negus’ jumbo jet is set to become a ‘party plane’, having been retired from London Heathrow in 2020 and bought for just £1 by Cotswold Airport near Cirencester.
A £500,000 makeover involved removing some of the economy section’s original seats (sold or offered as prizes on Instagram) to make way for the new dance floor with DJ booth.
From corporate meetings to birthday parties, the jumbo jet can host an array of events – and is even licensed for weddings with up to 88 guests.
Costing over £1,000 an hour to hire, the world’s only bespoke 747 event now has a bar area where a kitchen once stood and part of its ceiling has been removed to reveal a glimpse of the internal structure .
“It was bought under a preservation contract which meant we had to keep as much of the original as possible,” said Amy Castle from Cotswold Airport.
“This iconic aircraft is loved by so many, so we wanted to make sure fans could visit it and see most of the original features.”
The plane will also serve as a museum for aerospace fanatics, giving visitors the chance to see areas that would ordinarily be off-limits to the public.
However, despite being grounded, the Negus 747 is technically still a living plane… dashing the hopes of anyone hoping to take a selfie in the pilot’s seat, as visitors won’t be able to enter the cockpit – although they can always look inside.
Bookable via an app launched in late February 2022, tours will initially run every Wednesday and Saturday from early March, priced at £10 per adult (with one under 12 free with each paying adult) and additional child tickets costing £5.
Now accepting event bookings from March 1, 2022, Cotswold Airport has been inundated with requests – availability this summer is already limited and some of the most enthusiastic revelers have already booked for 2024.
By Lucy Gilder and Eleanor Fullalove
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Monday, February 14, 2022