Turn old airplanes into home offices
By Maureen O’Hare, CNN
“We really had no intention of selling them,” Kevin Regan said over the phone from the northwest of Ireland.
Converting a slice of a plane into a stylish and durable home office was a personal project in 2021, but after her sister-in-law posted photos of the cabin on social media, requests poured in and things started to get worse. snowball.
Now, Regan and his business partner Shane Thornton — both builders by trade — have started their own company named Aeropod, upcycling commercial airplanes into home offices, glamping pods and ready-to-go housing.
So far, they’ve only spent €100 (about $110) on advertising (the business is still “brand new,” Regan says), but they’ve already sold 11 pods and are preparing to ship more. others wherever customers I want them.
Airplanes are built to last. Robust, well insulated and made of strong aluminum alloys. And with some 15,000 planes set to be retired over the next 20 years, there is a steady supply of them available for dismantling and recycling.
“They were at the end of their life, and they were flown in, and then every piece was taken apart and sold all over the world,” Regan says.
The first aircraft they worked with was an IndiGo airline Airbus A320 from Cardiff Airport in Wales. The initial pod took four months of development to achieve the refined design they were looking for.
Modules are available in custom sizes, ranging from a small three-window to a spacious 10-window with one bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.
The upper stowage cabins are removed, but the window shades still drop as before and “everything else, including the floor, is the original aircraft,” says Regan.
Interior walls and floors are fully insulated and rooms can be fitted with USB sockets, LED lighting and heaters. The glass doors – specially designed to fit an A320 – are double-glazed and insulated for year-round use.
“We can deliver it and it’s ready to go, once you have a concrete base,” says Regan. “Your desktop is live.” The pods are pre-made and have an integrated lifting system, so if you move, the pod can also move.
It highlights the benefits of recycled aircraft nacelles as self-contained, sustainable units. “It’s as good as a house,” he says. “There’s no maintenance, just washing – like your car. Some customers will wrap them, like you would wrap your car, but it’s not necessary. The paint is perfect.”
Prices start at around €20,000 and go up to around €37,000 for the most luxurious customizations. It’s early days for Aeropod, but they may be hoping to expand their operations into England and are open to orders from anywhere. Said Regan, “We can deliver them anywhere. There is no limit to where we can take them.
Aeropod isn’t the only company operating in the recycled aircraft space. A decommissioned British Airways jet has become a $1,300-an-hour ‘party plane’ for hire at Cotswold Airport in England.
Cotswold Airport is where Welsh company Aerfin carry out dismantling operations on end-of-life aircraft. Up to 90% of an abandoned aircraft can be reused or recycled. Last year, its chief operating officer, Simon Bayliss, explained to CNN the whole process.
Leftovers could be turned into anything from dog training centers to restaurants to airplane simulators.
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