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An Entrepreneur Buys Boeing 737-200 For £5K & Turns It Into Stunning Airbnb

An Entrepreneur Buys Boeing 737-200 For £5K & Turns It Into Stunning Airbnb

Entrepreneur Steven Northam purchased the 1968 Boeing 737-200’s front fuselage on eBay for $6,165 (£5,000) and then spent the next three months renovating the aircraft.

The five-ton, 29-foot front had to be moved by Northam from Chichester College in West Sussex, England, where it had been used to educate airline crews. It was transported to Northam’s home in Winchester, England, and unsurprisingly wasn’t in the finest of shape. Because it had been left outside for 15 years, he explained, it had become somewhat soiled and worn out. A little work was required.

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Northam claimed that the cost of restoring the interior and outside of the jet was close to £15,000 ($18,480). Northam had to paint the exterior using a boom lift. He claimed, “I completely repainted the plane’s exterior.” The project cost about £20,000 ($24,679) when the cost of the plane’s acquisition and transportation are taken into account.

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Beginning in July 2022 and continuing through September, Northam worked hard on the plane’s renovation. As a three-month endeavor, Northam claimed to have completed it all by himself. Basically, it’s just me, by myself.

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His first steps were pulling away the majority of the seats, strengthening the floor, and replacing the carpeting. The cast of “George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces” on Channel 4 captured footage of the procedure. It was a “big, empty space” once the seats were taken out. To create a warm atmosphere, Northam began to construct parts.

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The aircraft, called “Marwell High Club” after the adjacent Marwell Zoo, has a heat pump that regulates temperature in both the summer and winter. It also has high-speed WiFi, Smart TVs, XBoxes, and kitchen capabilities. The cosy double bed is located in the lower cargo hold and is visible from the upper floor of the front fuselage’s two floors through an embedded perspex window.

Photo:Steven Northam

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Even outside the aircraft, Northam constructed a hot tub from an engine’s inlet cowling. After obtaining a permit, Northam intends to list the vacation accommodation on Airbnb and is anticipating charging $185.70 (£150) per night.

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