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A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:26 am

We have lost most of our instruments. We are pushing the engine controls as hard as we can, but none of the engines are responding. I shout mayday to the radio, but the radio is silent. And I fear that the aircraft's hull may no longer hold pressure. I curse my decision to ever enter the cockpit of this rusty 747-200. This night is going to end badly. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I decide that it is time to exit the cockpit, run down the stairs, and ... order a drink from the steward.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-G6A6afzFZxw/UIJRflZk5qI/AAAAAAAAG38/iyKsj5yCypU/s1600/blog81_light.jpg

I am at the Jumbo Hostel near Arlanda, Stockholm's international airport. We've really lost the instruments and engines, because the plane was stripped down from valuable parts before this Singapore Airlines 747 was converted into a hostel.

There is a video of my experience at https://vimeo.com/51832780. (As a side note, I wish I knew how to embed videos straight into the post; that is something that airliners.net should definitely allow. Is there a way?)

For once, I'm not somewhere skiing. It is kind of my summer vacation from skiing. The south side of the planet is too far into spring by now, the north side hasn't gotten into winter yet, and I'm too busy at work. So I'm taking my son to visit Stockholm for the weekend, and we're staying at the hostel. We have room #747, the smallest but most interesting room. It is the cockpit suite. We sleep in the actual cockpit which is tiny, but we also have a bathroom with shower, and a lounge area with eight first class seats; the upper deck is all ours. The bulk of the other rooms are on the main deck, and that is also where the hostel's cafeteria serves food; the seating for the cafeteria is in the nose.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1guAJiSO1nM/UIJRax5Z2UI/AAAAAAAAG30/XDDde3fRWdY/s1600/blog81_grass.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U7KT-QpWJFM/UIJRDLUKaiI/AAAAAAAAG3M/qk7Vf23bty0/s1600/blog81_bed.jpg


Facilities

There is a full-service bar and a basic restaurant that serves grilled food or heats frozen meals. The steward in duty recommends us to take the bus to the terminals and eat there, but frankly I have already eaten often enough at the Arlanda airport. So we eat at the hostel.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wEDLxbnOGnw/UIJQ-u9yl5I/AAAAAAAAG3E/-1RzitX59l0/s1600/blog81_bar.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RNcFGRhOoSM/UIJRKqb35eI/AAAAAAAAG3U/70A3jXLaZWU/s1600/blog81_dinner.jpg

There's seating and tables outside the plane, and I suppose they would be very nice during the summer. Now in the rain it is not such an appealing option.

At the back of the plane there is a children's swing where you can sit on a 747 tire.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CMf7oJabZns/UIJRy_AXiSI/AAAAAAAAG4U/vcey6y68W0U/s1600/blog81_tail.jpg


Verdict

The Jumbo Hostel is a very interesting place to stay for a night for airplane enthusiasts. It is also a low-cost and convenient place to stay when changing planes or otherwise having to overnight somewhere before taking your next flight. The airport is right next to you, and breakfast is being served from 3AM onward.

The airplane enthusiasts may even opt for multiple nights. Here's a possible schedule for a stay:

  • * 1st night cockpit suite
  • * 2nd night rear pressure bulkhead double room
  • * 3rd night main gear well room
  • * 4th night engine #2 (room under construction)


Here is the engine #2 room:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jjZ-fRtBYRU/UIJROyChgkI/AAAAAAAAG3c/HLncziQtNvY/s1600/blog81_engine1.jpg

The only downside is that if you have interests or work in the city, the commute to the airport is long.

Only a few of the rooms have their own bathroom. But this was probably my only time that I've had a shower in an aircraft! Here's the shower from the cockpit room:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bsOJvNNZES0/UIJRngXTUEI/AAAAAAAAG4E/M2QviOupgJg/s1600/blog81_shower.jpg

By the way, Stockholm is an excellent city to visit. I like the Medieval Museum and the Wasa Museum in particular. You can also fish right in the city center:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q4fLHE8CeME/UIJRXB4bUEI/AAAAAAAAG3s/mQsMsW8SwFc/s1600/blog81_fishing.jpg


More Pictures

Engine room entrance:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SEGaJEJ-v4Q/UIJRShwsPmI/AAAAAAAAG3k/ZzAFI49AjP8/s1600/blog81_engine2.jpg

Upper deck entrance:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ps7d2tgJYjQ/UIJRvAxnAmI/AAAAAAAAG4M/m0PXXzvWlT8/s1600/blog81_stairs.jpg


Photos and videos by the planetskier
 
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:38 am

Hey AirlineCritic!!

Quoting AirlineCritic (Thread starter):
We have lost most of our instruments. We are pushing the engine controls as hard as we can, but none of the engines are responding. I shout mayday to the radio, but the radio is silent. And I fear that the aircraft's hull may no longer hold pressure. I curse my decision to ever enter the cockpit of this rusty 747-200. This night is going to end badly. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I decide that it is time to exit the cockpit, run down the stairs, and ... order a drink from the steward.

Amazing opening lol....I would have ended though by saying something like "I just climbed into my bedroom behind me" lol

Quoting AirlineCritic (Thread starter):
Is there a way?)

No there isn't. It would be nice and bring a whole new level to the reporting on here.

Quoting AirlineCritic (Thread starter):
We have room #747, the smallest but most interesting room. It is the cockpit suite. We sleep in the actual cockpit which is tiny, but we also have a bathroom with shower, and a lounge area with eight first class seats; the upper deck is all ours.

How appropriate to have a room right there in the cockpit called #747....Just how much does it cost?
 
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:09 am

Here are some additional pictures.

Pressure bulkhead double room is shown below. Unfortunately, my camera broke on this trip, and it refused to take a picture of the bulkhead. The bulkhead is visible to the room as the large, curved back side wall behind the two beds.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-evq3NOxNqlw/UIOZigbpr8I/AAAAAAAAHA4/VZ3Z3dY1mlo/s1600/blog81_bulkhead.jpg

Cockpit room entrance and room number:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Brh9jfPmvS0/UIOZkYvtDWI/AAAAAAAAHA8/BdFaNGc5Q9s/s1600/blog81_cabindoor.jpg

Main deck corridor:



It is never a good sign to see rental car company signs from the cockpit:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3hu12dgTk7g/UIOZn6a-BaI/AAAAAAAAHBQ/PRlUZcVwNPg/s1600/blog81_hertz.jpg

Pilots need a toy. In Finnish, "karvanopat":

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jsuMAISMKf0/UIOZplpg5cI/AAAAAAAAHBY/AJwYj1JbtPs/s1600/blog81_karvanopat.jpg

Side corridor in the back:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-549TR9Vc1vQ/UIOZrMtsmJI/AAAAAAAAHBg/TyYW5cafF0E/s1600/blog81_rearcorridor.jpg

Rear door, leading to the washroom:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BH48rzbABR4/UIOZsxhxhNI/AAAAAAAAHBk/9AWzIyn0vPQ/s1600/blog81_reardoor.jpg

Normal cabins sleep 2-3 people (but no bathroom):

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gvUXcSG15CE/UIOZuPuX8yI/AAAAAAAAHBs/OqFayNo1bMs/s1600/blog81_regularroom.jpg

The single room in the back (has bathroom):

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lKb6m84NNrk/UIOZvZX2sEI/AAAAAAAAHB4/dw1zvfx97c0/s1600/blog81_singleroom.jpg

Upper deck lounge area (part of cockpit suite):

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFLOXm03Xe8/UIOZwwYugYI/AAAAAAAAHCA/Sb5MtHGegC8/s1600/blog81_upperfloor.jpg

What did they DO to her?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dfe04xnGasA/UIOZyaCpJSI/AAAAAAAAHCI/jV6UDSb7ZhI/s1600/blog81_whatdidtheydotoher.jpg
 
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:21 pm

Hey Airlinecritique

Interesting review about the Jumbo Hostel! Shame I missed out on it when I was there in January.
Maybe a reason to return?

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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:36 pm

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
No there isn't. It would be nice and bring a whole new level to the reporting on here.

It cannot be that hard. One new keyword to recognize, and very simple HTML snippet to produce from it, at least if you only support youtube and vimeo. Is there a way to help get this done?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
How appropriate to have a room right there in the cockpit called #747....Just how much does it cost?

It is very expensive, almost 400€. The basic rooms are a fraction of this cost, though. Luckily I didn't have to pay for my second night in the city, so the average costs for our two-night weekend trip was still reasonable.

You can search for rooms here: http://www.jumbostay.com (press "Book a room"). The shared hostel rooms can be as cheap as 35€ per night per person.
 
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:01 am

Nice report of the Jumbo Hostel! I stayed there last year on my way to Colombia.

Quoting AirlineCritic (Reply 4):

It is very expensive, almost 400€.

Wow, that's pricey...but then again, most things in Sweden are!
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:12 pm

Thank you for posting your Jumbo Hostel report, the plane that never flies.

I have been hearing about this a long time but this is the first time I see detailed pictures of what it looks like inside.

I will certainly spend a night or two in the Jumbo if I ever get that way. I think the Cockpit Suite is the one I will take thought some other rooms look very nice. The cockpit suite is probably booked a long time ahead, I am sure a lot of people must want to try it.

What are the prices nightly? I suppose it's by the room, and by the number of people too.

     
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:11 am

Why on earth would ANYONE want to sleep inside an empty engine cowling?!
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:26 am

Quoting N766UA (Reply 7):
Why on earth would ANYONE want to sleep inside an empty engine cowling?!

Because it gets crowded in a fully equipped JT9D engine? And those pesky turning turbines make it quite windy.

I do get that the engines just as cowlings are... fake. But had the engine rooms been ready, I would have stayed an extra night.
 
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Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:42 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
What are the prices nightly? I suppose it's by the room, and by the number of people too.

Those were the nightly prices  

If I recall correctly, the prices depend on number of persons as well as number of nights. However, the cockpit suite was an exception. You'll pay the full price (~400€) for a night, whether you have one or two persons. Or three, as we were, with a kid. The booking system is a bit confusing, because it shows per-person prices but you do have to get the entire room.

Pricey, but maybe worth the experience. In the other end of the scale you can get a bed in a shared dorm at 35-42€ per night (for the dates that I checked; prices seem to vary). That price is very low for Sweden, by the way. It is very difficult to get any hotel room, even in a suburb, under 100+€, and most of the time that I stay in the city center I seem to be paying 200€ per night.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
The cockpit suite is probably booked a long time ahead, I am sure a lot of people must want to try it.

Your mileage may vary, but it was not in our case. The plane was far from full at the time that we made our visit. But it was not the best tourism season, obviously.
 
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RE: A Night In The Cockpit Of A 747: Jumbo Hostel

Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:15 pm

Very interesting and detailed report, thanks for sharing.
Its great to see how the jumbo hostel looks like from the inside, definetely want to stay there some time  

cheers,

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