This grounded plane is on its way to a new life in the hotel industry.
Russian entrepreneur Felix Demin has big dreams for the Boeing 737 he bought in 2021. According to Insider, the 31-year-old bought the commercial plane from the former Indonesian airline Mandala Air, which ceased operations in 2014.
It is now in the midst of transforming the shabby-looking ship into a state-of-the-art luxury villa in Bali, which will begin welcoming guests this March. The price for a stay in a huge overnight stay will satisfy the connoisseurs much more than domestic plane tickets: a night on the ship will cost about 7,300 dollars.
Once customers climb aboard in the coming months, the interior of the Boeing will be almost unrecognizable, except for some of its defining structural features. To make room for accommodation, Demin removed the seats and flight instruments from the plane, replaced the equipment with two bedrooms and, according to the pictures, a terrace on the wing. Where the cockpit used to be, there will now be a luxurious bathroom adorned with a spa-like stone bathtub. Next to the jets will be an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean.
“From the outside and structurally, this is a jet plane that we’ve turned into a luxury hotel,” Demin said, according to Insider. To get the plane to the cliff, Demin needed not only permits, but a week in September 2021 during which the aircraft was carried in separate parts to the edge of the mountain.
According to the Expedia listing for the Private Jet Villa bi Hanging Gardens, as it’s called, there will also be “free self-parking,” a kitchen, air conditioning, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi.