A Boeing 767’s “Perilous Journey on the High Seas” to Become Resort Apartments

Workers spent 6 hours loading a Boeing 767 onto a barge at Ireland’s Shannon airport.

The 767, which had been operated by defunct Russian airline Transaero, was headed for a new resort in Inishcrone, a seaside town in Ireland, that will offer ‘glamour camping’: Quirky Nights Glamping Village (“The resort will see other modes of transportation such as buses, taxis and a train also turned into accommodation for visitors.”)

Why this plane? Shannon airport was the only one to answer an inquiry.

‘I got the idea that I might like a plane. There are so many planes that have been decommissioned that have gone out of service. I rang around the three different airports, Dublin, Cork and Shannon and only Shannon got back to me and said they had one but that it was no good to me. They said it was too big.

‘I said “You hold that til I get down there”. When I got down there I said “Right, I’m thinking of putting this in my back garden”.’

The plane was purchased for €20,000 and will be turned into 8 apartments but the big issue was how to move it. It’s too large to go by road.

Moving airplanes by means other than flying can be hazardous, as Air India learned last month.

So kudos to the team at Shannon Airport moving this ex-Transaero Boeing 767, whose work is commemorated in video:

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