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British Airways 747-436 G-CIVB ‘Negus’ party plane
Photograph: @negus747 / Cotswold Airport

Someone bought this British Airways aircraft for £1 and turned it into a ‘party plane’

After a year-long renovation costing £500,000, the old 747 has been turned into a bar and nightclub

Ed Cunningham
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Hosting a party and looking for cloud-nine-level vibes – all without leaving the ground? Here’s a pretty unusual venue for you: a ‘party plane’ in England, fashioned out of an old Boeing 747.

After being retired by British Airways in 2020, the plane was bought by Suzannah Harvey, chief executive of Cotswold Airport. While Harvey only paid £1 for the aircraft, the refurb has cost a whopping £500,000.

And it certainly looks the part. Stripped of its rows of seating, the 747 has been fitted out with a dance floor, disco strobes, an area for DJ decks and, where the galley used to be, a bar. Here are a few more snaps of the plane’s interior.

British Airways 747-436 G-CIVB ‘Negus’ party plane
Photograph: @negus747 / Cotswold Airport
British Airways 747-436 G-CIVB ‘Negus’ party plane
Photograph: @negus747 / Cotswold Airport

After the year-long renovation, the BA 747-436 G-CIVB ‘Negus’ aircraft is now available to hire. It costs £1,000 per hour, which is pretty spenny – but it’s also not that bad considering you get the whole space to yourselves. Plus, how many people can honestly say they’ve boogied out on an actual plane before? 

Cotswold Airport is a private airfield in Kemble, Gloucestershire, which is around two hours’ drive from London. And if you don’t have a few grand to splash on a super-special party, fear not. Most of the ‘party plane’ has been preserved as a museum piece, and is open for tours.

Interested in either hiring out the aircraft or just fancy a visit? See the Cotswold Airport website for more.

While we’re here: did you see this gaudy and OTT Titanic-themed Airbnb?

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