A retired Boeing 747 has been hauled across fields and along main roads in Amsterdam to its final resting place, where it will become a hotel attraction next summer.
The gigantic jumbo jet, which made its final flight last year, left Schiphol Airport on a self-propelled trailer late at night, from where it navigated its way across 17 ditches, the A9 motorway and a local road before coming to rest in the back garden of the Corendon Village Hotel in Badhoevedorp.
Details on what precisely the hotel chain will do with the 150-tonne aircraft remains unclear but the plane, named “City of Bangkok” and previously owned by Dutch airline KLM, has already drawn crowds of thousands. Nearly 9,000 people applied for 6,000 tickets to watch the transportation of the 747 over three nights.
Mid-way through its journey the aircraft rested in a field off the A9, a busy road outside the Dutch capital, but had to be covered with a vast cloth so as not to distract drivers. Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the 747’s first ever flight.
Corendon Hotel and Resorts says the “Corendon Boeing 747 Experience” will open to the public in 2020 and will incorporate “3D, 4D and 5D elemetns”.
Daisy Homoet-Mijnals, a spokesperson for the hotel, told CNN that it will be a “huge attraction for everybody who wants to experience the sensation of flying”.
Last month it emerged that a sunken 747 would be the centerpiece at a new waterpark in Bahrain that could open as early as this summer.
Artificial reefs, sculptures and cultivated coral are planned to make the vast aircraft an underwater playground for divers.