Spend The Night In A Former Etihad Airways Plane

Filed Under: Etihad

Want to spend a night in an airplane without leaving the ground? There’s now yet another option…

Apple Camping’s Etihad Airbus A319

Apple Camping offers some unique camping opportunities in the Pembrokeshire countryside of the United Kingdom, the newest of which is a former Etihad Airways A319 fuselage.

This plane flew for Etihad for nearly a decade, from 2008 until 2017, at which point it was stored. The aircraft was broken up into parts, and one part of the plane has become this new accommodation, known as “Arabian Nights,” which you can rent by the night.

This accommodation features two single beds, a sofa, a TV, a galley, a shower and toilet, and a kitchen trolley. Switches have been modified so that they control the lighting.

While it’s so cool that you can sleep in a former Etihad plane, I can’t say that the furnishings are terribly inspiring or aviation themed.

So, how much does a stay here cost? A two night stay over weekdays in October costs a total of 298 GBP, which is just under 400 USD.

Apple Camping has another jet option

This isn’t even Apple Camping’s first opportunity to spend the night in a former jet, as there’s also “the Jet Star.” Apple Camping has a private jet you can rent by the night, with seating for up to nine people. In some ways this may be cooler, especially as there’s a cockpit and more traditional airplane seating.

The catch is that the bedroom isn’t in the plane, but rather is attached to the back.

Bottom line

What a cool camping opportunity from Apple Camping! While they could have probably done a bit more with the interior, the concept of spending a night in a former Etihad A319 is pretty awesome. Now that I look at what Apple Camping has to offer, I think I might still prefer the other aviation-themed option they have.

Which of the two Apple Camping airplanes would you rather spend the night in?

(Tip of the hat to Andrew B)

  1. Neither compares to the views of either of the Costa Rican plane suites I’ve been fortunate enough to experience.

  2. Love this. Wish there was something here in the states like it.
    The cost seems reasonable and those of us with cabin fever are looking for something unique to do besides bo to the beach or Vegas.
    It looks unique and fun.
    Do I get my frequent flyer miles included?

  3. I’d pay a (reasonable) day rate to play around in the cockpit. Otherwise, meh. I’d rather spend the night at the TWA Hotel.

  4. There’s lots of different tents on the site.
    I didn’t realise it was an ex Etihad plane but the Sidemen stayed there as part of their $10,000 vs $100 roadtrip video.
    At least I now know what it’s called!

  5. With airline travel taking such a hit and homeless populations on the rise, you’d think that some enterprising folks would start converting those hulks in the boneyards into tiny houses.

  6. They missed a chance of installing a computer and 4 large monitors in the cockpit replacing the windows so flight sim games can be played 😉

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