Plans have been revealed which could see a giant Airbus A380 ‘superjumbo’ airliner turned into a hotel in Toulouse, France.
The newspaper La Depeche broke the news (here, in French) along with some images of how it might look.
It reveals how businessman and former Airbus engineer Frédéric Deleuze hopes to site the A380 near the city’s MEETT convention centre, just to the north of Toulouse Blagnac airport, and turn its interior into a mix of deluxe and leisure rooms – 31 in total.
The cockpit will feature a suite, utilising the original staircase, with another suite near the rear staircase.
On the same site, Deleuze hopes to open a restaurant.
Frédéric Deleuze, 38, saw the opportunity when he realised A380 were being retired an recycled. The idea for turning one into a hotel soon matured, and the process began. He soon acquired a team of skilled professionals to move the venture forward, as well as support from local commerce and tourism departments.
The plan is to open the hotel in 2024. It will naturally attract business users attending conferences, as well as aviation enthusiasts keen to try out this unique hotel.
It is not known yet which airframe will be used for the project, but we’ll report that as soon as it’s known!
Find out more about Projet ENVERGURE, as it is known, on their website here: https://www.projet-envergure.com/