By Cailey Rizzo
September 20, 2019
An Etihad Airbus jumbo jet which once flew more than 500 passengers has been saved from the scrapyard and transformed into an incredible glamping venue – still with the plane’s original kitchen and emergency exit
Mercury Press

In some cases, the nearest emergency exit from your vacation rental may be behind you.

A campsite in the UK has transformed a former Etihad jet into one of the coolest overnight accommodations on the market — complete with kitchen galley and emergency exits.

Toby Rhys Davies saved the body of an Airbus A319 from a scrap yard last year and brought it to his unique property, Apple Camping in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He spent about a year refurbishing it and transforming it into a unique vacation rental. Last month, it opened to guests.

“Since we opened the airbus to guests, we've had 12 families stay with us and they've all loved it,” Davies told The Daily Mail. “I'm very proud of how it's turned out and it's very satisfying to see it come together.”

The jet is capable of sleeping four guests. And while it’s reminiscent of the free-spirit of travel, guests won’t have to rough it. There’s a hot water shower, toilet and outside deck area, complete with barbecue.

The 27-year-old Airbus was originally owned by Air Canada, then leased to Air Malta and purchased by Etihad in 2003. The Emirati airline retired the plane last year and sent it to the scrapyard, where Davies claimed it.

The body of the plane had to be cut in half to transport it, but that gave Davies the opportunity to create a protected outdoor area for guests. “I didn't plan to do any of this, it's just happened because of the circumstances - you just need to crack on and come up with new ideas,” he told The Daily Mail.

Nights in the Airbus start at about $220 per night (£179) and it’s possible to book online.

But the Airbus is not the only aviation-themed accommodation on the campsite. In 2016, Davies debuted his 1970s private jet that he transformed into a vacation rental. The one-bedroom plane/accommodation is available from about $150 (£125) per night.

In case the planes are already booked, Apple Campsite has several other quirky accommodations; you can also book a night in a UFO, a Pac-Man dome or a disco chapel.

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