Sweden's Airplane Overnight Stop: Jumbo Hostel

Sweden's Airplane Overnight Stop: Jumbo Hostel

Tiffany Finley
Oct 28, 2010

Leave it to Sweden to creatively upgrade an old 1970s airplane into a hostel! With a modern almost futuristic interior, the hostel is nestled right next to the Arlanda airport, the largest in Sweden, located near Stockholm. The hostel has been perfecting the peculiarities since they opened for visitors in early 2009, and visitors have given their stay rave reviews. Take a glimpse into what was considered a hunk of scrap metal to see its transformation.

The Details:
Airplane type: Boeing 747-212B
Year of manufactured: 1976
Name: Liv (after owner's daughter)
Number of rooms: 27
Number of beds in total: 76
Number of beds per room: Two bunk beds on average
Room size: Circa 6 square meters, 3 meters to ceiling

History of the Airplane
The 1976 Boeing was built for Singapore Airlines and was also flown by Pan Am and Transjet. It was decomissioned in 2002 and in 2008 the reconstruction of the airplane's interior began. It was towed into place that summer and opened the following winter. The airplane sits right at the entrance to the Arlanda airport, an easy place to find and a great location for the weary or wee-hour traveler.

The S Factor
So how 'S'ustainable is reusing an old airplane? To construct a single airplane requires an extensive list of resources, including metals, plastics, linens and glass. The mining, manufacturing, and transportation of these items alone is astounding. Once an airplane has been 'decommissioned' it typically goes one of two ways. Either it is stowed away in a desert-like climate until it is needed, or it is used for scrap metal. An average commercial plane has a lifespan of around 20 years, meaning this airplane did more than its time in the air. The unique part is that this airplane can still be recycled as scrap if a day comes where the hostel is no longer functioning. So it has not lost its value for recycling, and it was long past the days of flying again. The interior is unique and has some fun ideas for small spaces.

If you happen to travel to the Arlanda airport in Sweden, you can't miss this hostel permanently parked right by the entrance. If you fancy a stay, the cheapest dorm room is about $50 USD all the way up to nearly $500 for the Captain's Suite.

What do you think? Sustainable or not?

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(Images: Jumbo Hostel and Lioba Schneider)

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