Corendon Hotel with Boeing 747 jet: Jumbo jet hauled across field, roads to become new attraction

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 year.

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 12.5 kilometres 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.

The hotel chain will convert the 150-tonne aircraft into a tourist attraction, promising an immersive experience that look at the history of the iconic jet. Named "City of Bangkok" and previously owned by Dutch airline KLM, the plane has already drawn crowds of thousands. Nearly 9000 people applied for 6000 tickets to watch the transportation of the 747 over three nights.

Retired 747 hauled across motorways

What can you do with a retired Boeing 747? This hotel in Amsterdam has one (creative) idea.

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 elements".

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 centrepiece 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.

The Telegraph, London

See also: Why the Boeing 747 was designed with a hump

See also: Goodbye, jumbo jet: Qantas announces retirement of 747s

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