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AvGeek alert! You can soon sleep in a Boeing 727 at this aviation-themed hotel

June 16, 2021
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AvGeek alert! You can soon sleep in a Boeing 727 at this aviation-themed hotel
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AvGeeks, have you ever wanted to have a whole plane to yourself? Well, here's your chance ...

A retired Boeing jet in South Africa is being converted into a private VIP hotel suite that can accommodate up to six people. The aircraft suite will cater to AvGeeks or other travelers looking for a unique private accommodation.

The story first gained traction earlier this week as people took to social media with images and videos of airplane fuselage moving around South Africa.

The 727 — which is expected to be ready to accommodate visitors by October — will join an existing Boeing 737-200 that serves as a six-bedroom boutique hotel called Aerotel Hoedspruit. Reserving the whole 727 aircraft will cost between 10,000 and 12,000 South African rand per night — or about $700 to $850 — according to the hotel director, who adds that it will sleep up to six people.

In the 737, rates start at 1,800 rand per night ($128) for single-occupancy rooms and 3,000 rand ($214 USD) for double occupancy. Despite being inside of a plane, each room comes with almost all the traditional amenities you’d expect in a hotel: a queen bed, a private bathroom and shower, coffee and tea, a refrigerator and complimentary WiFi.

A Bedroom in the 737-200. (Photo courtesy of Aerotel Hoedspruit Limpopo/Facebook)

The hotel’s new 727 was seen being transported by road from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport (JNB) to its new home in Hoedspruit, South Africa, on June 11. Moving the plane was a logistical challenge. It took five days to transport the 727 fuselage to its new location, and its journey through the countryside drew the attention of locals who witnessed the jet pass by, according to The South African.

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For those interested in visiting, Aerotel Hoedspruit is about a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. But, despite its relatively remote location, it’s not completely off the tourist circuit. It sits near several noteworthy attractions such as Kruger National Park and various animal rehabilitation centers. A traveler could easily combine a safari with staying in a room in one of these unique accommodations. The hotel’s website even gives the option to add excursions while booking.

And, while the number of flights to South Africa remains significantly down as compared to pre-pandemic levels, frequent flyers have historically had plentiful options for using miles to get there.

Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Aerotel Hoedspruit Limpopo/Facebook)
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  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
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