Airbus A380 Hotel Planned For Toulouse Airport

Airbus A380 Hotel Planned For Toulouse Airport

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Here’s a hotel experience that just about any avgeek would likely enjoy…

31-room Airbus A380 hotel planned for TLS

Plans have been revealed for Projet Envergure, which would be a hotel housed in an Airbus A380 at Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS), which is also where Airbus’ factory is, and where the A380 was produced. “Envergure” is the French word for wingspan, which is a fitting name for the concept.

A former Airbus engineer is behind the project, and he hopes to open the hotel as early as 2024, as a creative way to use a retired Airbus A380 that would otherwise be scrapped. Here are the plans for this concept:

  • The Airbus A380 would feature a total of 31 hotel rooms (including two suites) spread across two floors
  • There would be an attached 60-seat restaurant, which would be made to look like an air traffic control tower
  • This would be located in the north zone of the airport, near the exhibition and convention center
Planned Airbus A380 hotel at Toulouse Airport

There would be four types of rooms, including the two suites:

  • Standard rooms would be 16 square meters (~172 square feet), and would feature a queen bed and private bathroom
  • Deluxe rooms would be 23 square meters (~248 square feet), and would feature a queen bed and a single bed, plus a private bathroom and office area
  • The cockpit suite would be 35 square meters (~377 square feet), and would feature a king bed, a bathroom with bathtub, and an office area
  • The duplex suite would be 35 square meters (~377 square feet), and would by at the rear of the plane and be spread across two floors, including the original staircase; there would be two bedrooms, a bathroom, and an office area

How cool do those two suites sound?!?

Planned Airbus A380 hotel at Toulouse Airport

We’ll see if this concept becomes a reality

While this concept looks ridiculously cool, it’s anyone’s guess if this actually happens. The people behind the A380 hotel concept have been building a detailed feasibility study on technical and economic issues. This includes everything from researching available land, to the provisional labor costs, to regulatory elements.

Then there’s the search for the plane, as well as a search for co-investors and operating partners. Currently the team is targeting an official launch of the project before the end of the first quarter of 2022, though it’s anyone’s guess if that timeline sticks.

While this concept sounds ridiculously awesome, I wouldn’t consider it to be a sure thing. This wouldn’t be the first “airplane” hotel in the world. Probably the most famous is the JumboStay Hotel Arlanda, which is a hotel housed in a Boeing 747.

JumboStay Hotel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Bottom line

A former Airbus engineer hopes to open an Airbus A380 hotel at Toulouse Airport, which would feature 31 rooms, including a cockpit suite and duplex suite. This is such a cool idea, and I hope it becomes a reality. However, the people behind the project are still looking for investors, so it’s anyone’s guess if this will just remain a dream or become a reality.

What do you make of this Airbus A380 hotel? Do you think it will happen?

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  1. Steven E Guest

    It sounds like a terrific idea - maybe more than one but the major cost of course is land and they take up a lot of land area which is actually air space

  2. Creditcrunch Gold

    With the amount of A380’s that are being retired perhaps they could link 2 or 3 more.

  3. Ben Senise Guest

    "Then there’s the search for the plane" well, that shouldn't be too hard these days, should it? lol.
    personally, i don't get the attraction to this type of lodging. I would be more interested in sleeping in a real First Class product like Singapore's or Etihad's, i.e. First Class Suites. Throw in some sound effects of engine noise, bounce it around a bit for turbulence. Have FAs bring airplane food. Maybe even set up...

    "Then there’s the search for the plane" well, that shouldn't be too hard these days, should it? lol.
    personally, i don't get the attraction to this type of lodging. I would be more interested in sleeping in a real First Class product like Singapore's or Etihad's, i.e. First Class Suites. Throw in some sound effects of engine noise, bounce it around a bit for turbulence. Have FAs bring airplane food. Maybe even set up some kind of screen around the plane so when you look out the window you see clouds. Give as close to a real F experience as possible on the ground.

  4. Jerry Diamond

    I think it would be awesome, but how much demand is there for this concept at TLS?

  5. Michael E Guest

    Sign me up. Seems like a fun way to spend an airport hotel night vs some of the options available.

  6. derek Guest

    Very interesting but has challenges.
    1. Poor thermal and sound insulation compared to a regular hotel? Cannot open windows.
    2. Plane is no longer very authentic from the inside.

    I prefer museums where they keep the plane like it was when in passenger service.

    I once stayed at a Saab aircraft themed hotel in downtown Linkoping, Sweden around 1998. There were display artifacts and art about aviation and Saab aircraft. I wonder if...

    Very interesting but has challenges.
    1. Poor thermal and sound insulation compared to a regular hotel? Cannot open windows.
    2. Plane is no longer very authentic from the inside.

    I prefer museums where they keep the plane like it was when in passenger service.

    I once stayed at a Saab aircraft themed hotel in downtown Linkoping, Sweden around 1998. There were display artifacts and art about aviation and Saab aircraft. I wonder if the hotel is still around. A quick Google search could not find it.

  7. Michael Buchanan Guest

    These airplane hotels are a joke; they never have enough money to maintain them, the service is always shabby and the rooms are a joke. And these typo commenters are the worst type of people on the planet.

  8. Lukas Guest

    Another typo: "This includes everything from researching available to land". I believe TO does not belong

  9. Malc Member

    Another typo: "The people behind the A380 hotel concept have bee building..." > have been

  10. R B Guest

    “Envegure” is the French word for wingspan

    There's a typo, it's "EnveRgure"

    Merci

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R B Guest

“Envegure” is the French word for wingspan There's a typo, it's "EnveRgure" Merci

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Steven E Guest

It sounds like a terrific idea - maybe more than one but the major cost of course is land and they take up a lot of land area which is actually air space

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Creditcrunch Gold

With the amount of A380’s that are being retired perhaps they could link 2 or 3 more.

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