Jumbo Jet hostel gets go-ahead

Jumbo Jet hostel gets go-ahead
Visitors to Stockholm could soon have a new option for cheap airport accommodation – a Boeing 747 at Arlanda airport.

Uppsala businessman Oscar Diös has been given permission by airport owner LFV and the Swedish National Roads Administration to open a youth hostel in a Jumbo Jet parked by the airport entrance.

Diös plans to rip out the plane’s 500 seats and instead install 80 beds. The cockpit will be made into a suite, and some of the equipment will be preserved.

”The challenge is that nobody has done this before, so there’s no precedent. But essentially it’s like fitting out any kind of metal barracks,” Diös told newspaper UNT.

Uppsala Council’s building and traffic committee said it was positive towards the unusual hostel.

”We’re likely to approve it as there have been positive reactions from the responsible authorities,” said committee chairman Göran Hammarsjö to UNT.

”It will provide a dash of colour out there,” he added.

The plane being used by Diös was previously owned by Swedish charter company Transjet. It has been grounded since the company had its licence revoked by authorities in 2002. It has since then stood by the airport’s third runway.

Diös has said in the past that he plans to start a chain of similar hostels at airports around the world, which he said would be called ’Jumbo Hostels’.