See 6 Retired Boeing 747 Planes Converted Into Tourist Attractions

The Queen of the Skies was built to meet the growing demand for air travel and was the first jetliner to make international flying affordable.

Air India Boeing 747

Air India Boeing 747

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The first 747 was built at Boeing’s gigantic assembly plant in Seattle and was delivered to Pan American World Airways in 1970.

First Boeing 747

First Boeing 747

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The massive plane ushered in a new era of aviation and became a symbol of status and extravagance for airlines.

British Airways Boeing 747.

British Airways Boeing 747.

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Particularly, carriers like Qantas and Pan Am used the upper deck for luxuries like bars, restaurants, and lounges.

Lufthansa 747 lounge.

Lufthansa 747 lounge.

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Dozens of global airlines purchased the jet, like Dutch flag carrier KLM …

A KLM 747-400.

A KLM 747-400.

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… and Hong Kong’s national airline Cathay Pacific Airways.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747

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After triumphantly serving airlines as a long-haul workhorse for decades, the 747 started falling short of its twin-engine competitors that could operate the long journeys more efficiently.

Etihad Airways Airbus A350-1000 XWB — Dubai Airshow 2021

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner nicknamed the “Greenliner” at the Dubai Airshow 2021

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Specifically, airliners like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 were more cost-effective for carriers and, as a result, the new planes slowly started taking over markets historically served by the 747.

Norse Atlantic Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Norse Atlantic Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Cotswold Airport bought the plane from British Airways for £1 ($1.35) and rents it out for £1,000 per hour ($1,340) or €12,000 for 24 hours ($16,100).

British Airways 747

British Airways 747 “party plane.”

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The space can be used for things like birthday parties, film sets, or weddings.

Boeing 747

Boeing 747 “party plane.”

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The jet is unique because it features the company’s old Negus livery that was painted in 2019 for the company’s 100th anniversary.

Boeing 747

Boeing 747 “party plane.”

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Renovation of the plane cost £500,000 ($670,000), which included transforming the economy cabin into a dance floor with a DJ stand and bar.

Boeing 747

Boeing 747 “party plane.”

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The rest of the plane has remained untouched, including the upper deck …

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Boeing 747 “party plane” upper deck.

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… and the cockpit, which has been sealed off from the public via a transparent door because there are still some working controls.

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Boeing 747 “party plane” cockpit.

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Another 747 converted into a tourist attraction is the Queen of the Skies parked outside the Corendon Village Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Corendon 747 in Amsterdam.

Corendon 747 in Amsterdam.

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Corendon Tourism Group is a leisure travel brand that has an airline based out of Turkey called Corendon Airlines. But, the 747 did not come from the company’s fleet.

Corendon Airlines is based in Turkey.

Corendon Airlines is based in Turkey.

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The jumbo jet is actually a retired KLM aircraft named “City of Bangkok” that flew for the Dutch airline for 30 years. It was taken out of service in 2018 and acquired by Corendon.

KLM Boeing 747.

KLM Boeing 747.

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To get the 160-ton plane to the hotel, it was transported via highway and through fields on a 200-ton trailer with 192 wheels.

Corendon 747 being transported to the hotel.

Corendon 747 being transported to the hotel.

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The aircraft has been adorned in Corendon colors and put on display so the public can walk around or sit underneath the jet. Visitors can also tour the 747’s interior to see its seats, cockpit, and galleys.

Corendon 747.

Corendon 747.

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Moreover, the 9th floor of the hotel has a lounge called SkyBar where guests can admire the parked 747 as well as other planes flying over Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Corendon SkyBar.

Corendon SkyBar.

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Jumbo Stay Hotel is a retired Queen of the Skies that opened in 2009 and is parked next to a busy taxiway at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, giving guests panoramic views of the airfield.

Jumbo Stay 747 reception area.

Jumbo Stay 747 reception area.

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The plane flew for a number of airlines before finding its home at Arlanda, including Singapore Airlines, Pan Am, Canadian carrier Nationair, US charter company Tower Air, and Swedish airline Transjet Airways.

Jumbo Stay 747 entrance.

Jumbo Stay 747 entrance.

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There are several onboard guest accommodations, including 33 rooms that can be either private or shared.

Jumbo Stay 747 leading to rooms.

Jumbo Stay 747 leading to rooms.

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Specifically, there are multi-bed dorms …

Jumbo Stay 747 dorm.

Jumbo Stay 747 dorm.

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… single-person pods in the engines …

Jumbo Stay 747 engine room.

Jumbo Stay 747 engine room.

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… a private room in the wheelhouse …

Jumbo Stay 747 wheelhouse room.

Jumbo Stay 747 wheelhouse room.

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… and even a double bed in the cockpit.

Jumbo Stay 747 cockpit room.

Jumbo Stay 747 cockpit room.

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Also onboard is a cafe and bar for guests to eat and relax …

Jumbo Stay 747 cafe.

Jumbo Stay 747 cafe.

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… a conference room/lounge area with eight original seats from 1976 …

Jumbo Stay 747 conference room/lounge area.

Jumbo Stay 747 conference room/lounge area.

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… and an observation deck to see Arlanda’s airport operations.

Jumbo Stay 747 deck.

Jumbo Stay 747 deck.

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The jet, which spent most of its life with Malaysia Airlines, was submerged off Bahrain’s coast in 2019 by Falcon Aircraft Recycling.

Falcon Aircraft Recycling specially modified the structure of the plane.

Falcon Aircraft Recycling specially modified the structure of the 747 to sink it.

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The plane is part of Dive Bahrain’s “underwater theme park” that will house the jet, boats, and several other structures when it is complete.

Boeing 747 sunken off the coast of Bahrain.

Boeing 747 sunken off the coast of Bahrain.

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As of today, professional divers from over 50 countries have visited the mammoth 747’s underwater site.

Boeing 747 sunken off the coast of Bahrain.

Boeing 747 sunken off the coast of Bahrain.

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There are two must-see 747s that are permanently on display in the US. One is part of Delta Air Lines’ aviation museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Delta Flight Museum 747.

Delta Flight Museum 747.

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The first-ever 747-400 ever built went to Northwest Airlines in 1989 but was taken over by Delta in a 2008 merger between the two carriers.

Northwest's 747-400.

Northwest’s 747-400.

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The jumbo jet, called Ship 6301, was retired in 2015 after flying over 61 million miles. The plane’s final flight was from Honolulu to Atlanta, where it has remained ever since.

Delta's first 747-400 last flight.

Delta’s first 747-400 last flight.

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For its retirement, the historic jet was transformed into “The 747 Experience” and welcomes guests who want to learn about the history of the Queen of the Skies and see its inner workings.

Delta Flight Museum 747 opening.

Delta Flight Museum 747 opening.

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