By Hayley Pugh
Couples with a head for heights can now get married on the world’s first licensed Boeing 747 party plane.
Cotswold Airport, near Gloucestershire, has been given a licence to perform civil wedding ceremonies and naming ceremonies aboard its Boeing 747 plane and in their operational
control tower – the only such venues in the world.
The unique plush plane will see brides walking down a very different kind of aisle as they prepare to exchange vows in the huge commercial airliner.
The aircraft took seven months to transform and despite some of the original decor, including the seating numbers still being visible, the plane can be styled in lots of different ways just like a normal wedding venue.
Because of the vast space on-board, staff can also set up stages, makeup rooms and dressing rooms, all separate from the main area.
For engaged couples looking for a birds-eye view, brides and grooms can also opt to say “I do” in the airport’s fully working control tower and guests can continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of the airport with a wedding breakfast at a restaurant positioned right next to the live runway.
Wedding parties can even fly in or out for the special occasion.
Jo Welch, head of events at the privately-owned airport, said: “We are extremely excited about this new sector of our business.
“We do have a Boeing 747 that is stripped out and used for events, so the idea came about to get it licenced for civil ceremonies.
“As discussions went on, we also decided to licence the control tower.
“Both are the only venues of their kind in the world licensed in this way.”
Cotswold Airport, formerly known as RAF Kemble, started out as an RAF maintenance base.
It then became home to the Red Arrows for many years before being bought privately by entrepreneur and ex RAF engineer, Ronan Harvey, 15 years ago.
The airport now sees many celebrities and high-profile personalities fly in and out on luxury private jets and helicopters.