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Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:45 pm

I was reading a news article about Irish wind turbines being recycled as bridges, which led me to think that would be a great use for old planes. Probably only A380s and 747s are wide enough to turn into 2-lane roads, but there will be a ton of retired 737s and A320s lying around to make into covered pedestrian bridges. Has something like this been done before? What other novel uses have there been for airplanes that no longer fly anymore?
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:18 pm

I've heard of a few retired airliners being converted into homes, or in one case a luxury hotel room.

https://www.uniqhotels.com/727-fuselage ... ite-boeing
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:17 am

There are multiple retired aircraft converted into hotel rooms or even entire hotels, for example the Jumbo hostel at Stockholm Arlanda airport and the Corendon 747 at Amsterdam airport.
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:57 pm

At some point I plan on converting a section of aircraft fuselage into a small office / music room space. It will sit in our woods overlooking LGW, so the front will be fully glazed for the best view.

To get it in place, we'll need to bring it through the woods, so I doubt anything larger than a 5 abreast fuselage would fit between the trunks, maybe less. Perhaps a Dash 8 fuselage - it would be apt as I've spent so much time flying in them.
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:49 pm

I personally like this DC-10...not sure about the menu though..... :stirthepot:

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Although for a jungle setting...this is hard to beat..... :bigthumbsup:

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Elsewhere, unlike SG's cost-no-object version which actually flies...this A380 themed restaurant in China stays on the ground...(or should that be tarmac?) :idea:

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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:28 pm

There is a 737 restaurant in Ethiopia in the suburb of/or near Addis I think.
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:33 pm

An interesting one is this DC-3 that has been turned into a McDonald's in Taupo, New Zealand. Also interesting for those who don't want to spend a fortune to eat in a restaurant in an aircraft.

http://transpressnz.blogspot.com/2019/0 ... taupo.html
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:37 am

Don't forget the Connie converted into a bar at the TWA hotel at JFK!

https://www.twahotel.com/connie-airplan ... ail-lounge
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Sun Jun 27, 2021 3:34 pm

3 former TG A330-300 and a L-1011 once operated by EA and CX was acquired by a cafe in Pattaya, and has since been converted into a cafe.
 
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Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:08 pm

PatrickZ80 wrote:
An interesting one is this DC-3 that has been turned into a McDonald's in Taupo, New Zealand. Also interesting for those who don't want to spend a fortune to eat in a restaurant in an aircraft.

http://transpressnz.blogspot.com/2019/0 ... taupo.html


Been there. It’s „just“ a DC-3 next to McDonald’s. It’s open for public, but not converted into a restaurant.

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