Airbus A320 becomes extraordinary luxury home in stunning conversion

  • An amazing home has been made out of the fuselage of an Airbus A320
  • After a glamorous makeover, the retired plane now serves as an Airbnb in the Welsh countryside
  • It’s luxurious and modern but still has the plane’s original kitchen and bathrooms

Published on Jul 04, 2024 at 7:19 PM (UTC+4)
by Andie Reeves

Last updated on Jul 05, 2024 at 7:29 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A retired Airbus A320 has been given a new lease on life.

The fuselage now sits in a field in Wales in the United Kingdom.

While the area is known for its gloomy weather – no matter what the locals say – the Airbus is a glowing beacon of glamour in the Welsh countryside.

This unusual property is available to rent on Airbnb for aviation enthusiasts and those seeking a holiday with a twist alike.

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When luxury suites become living spaces

This isn’t the first plane to be transformed into an Earth-bound home.

Retired planes go up for sale relatively often, and many hobbyists leap at the chance to renovate them.

Some go the luxurious route, like the abandoned Boeing 727 that was transformed into a high-end hotel suite in Costa Rica.

Or the man who made a fortune by turning his Boeing 737 into an Airbnb, complete with a jet engine hot tub.

Others are focused less on aesthetics and more on the thrill of owning an old plane, like the man who lives in a Boeing 727 and uses the food service cart as his pantry.

And then there’s James Webb, who is slowly but surely converting Elvis’ old private jet into a Frankencar that actually drives.

The Airbus A320 is one of the most successful commercial planes ever built, and this conversion proves its still got it even after retirement.

Bought by the company Apple Camping, it boasts modern comforts and luxury while retaining its Airbus charm.

The journey from Airbus A320 to Airbnb

Some utilize the full fuselage of the plane when converting, but this home was created using just the middle section.

The cockpit and rear end were removed, resulting in a simple tunnel-shaped building.

The entrance is the original aircraft door, still using the original mechanisms to lock closed.

While the cabin has been gutted, the rest of the plane remains relatively untouched.

The main cabin is bright and airy, with a dining area, sofas and a TV, lined by windows with their original shades in tact.

Instead of the plane’s tail, there is a wooden deck with chairs and plants.

The toilets and kitchen are exactly as they were when in service to Etihad and Air France, with some slight tweaks.

Besides one toilet being converted into a shower, everything from the flusher to the ‘no smoking’ signs remain.

The Airbnb is available to rent for about $253 a night.

That’s not cheap, but certainly it’s not as much as a plane ticket we guess.

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Andie Reeves

Andie is a content writer from South Africa with a background in broadcasting and journalism. Starting her career in the glossy pages of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, Andie has a broad portfolio, covering everything from sustainability solutions to celebrity car collections. When not at her laptop Andie can be found sewing, recording her podcast, taking board games too seriously or road-tripping in her bright green Kia.