It is expected to be in the near future 20 years some 15,000 commercial aircraft will be withdrawn from circulation: tons of materials to dismantle and recycle that could now have a second life.
And it is that an Irish company has had a genius idea to take advantage of the extraordinary characteristics of the planes: turn them into habitable capsules that can be used for various uses.
It all started with Kevin Regan who embarked on an original personal project: Turn an Airbus A320 pedal into a stylish office. Regan had no intention of selling it, but when her sister-in-law uploaded the resulting photos to the Internet, requests flooded in.
As is founded the company Aeropods, which has been transforming old airplanes into capsules that can have and endless applications: offices, children’s playrooms, bicycle storage rooms, meeting rooms or even capsules of glamping (a way of camping that involves more luxurious accommodations and facilities than conventional ones).
Aircraft are made to be strong thanks to their aluminum alloys and fully insulated walls, so its pieces are perfect for making durable and comfortable furniture and spaces. In addition, the cabins can be equipped with USB sockets, LED lighting and heating.
Custom pods can come in a variety of sizes and, except for top storage, they keep all the original parts of the plane, from the ground to the classic windows with shutters. The price ranges between 20,000 and 37,000 euros and, although it is not an amount suitable for all pockets, the company has already received a good number of orders. Not bad at all for a new company that has only spent $100 on advertising so far.