A businessman by the name of Johnny Palmer has purchased an out-of-service jet and will move it from Cotswold Airport, 35 miles down the road to outer Bristol. The Boeing 727, once flown by Japan Airlines, will soon become an office and event space in Bristol.
37-year-old Palmer is the Managing Director and Founder of Pytch, a UK-based event production company, made big news in Bristol after he purchased the old Boeing 727 from Cotswold Airport (formerly known as RAF Kemble). According to Bristol Live, the aircraft will be transported some 35 miles down the road to Brislington Trading Estate along the M4 and M32 in February. Its new home will be near Pytch’s existing office space at 21-25 Bonville Rd, Brislington, Bristol.
The aircraft will be set in place at its new home in Bristol, installed on top of shipping containers. These containers will be covered with paintings of clouds to “make it look like it’s flying.”
Known as ‘PytchAir,’ the aircraft will be used as office and event space for Pytch, but it’s expected that other firms will want to hire it for their own events. Palmer had secured planning permission for the project from Bristol City Council in October 2020 – but the businessman has been developing the idea since 2018.
Palmer said: “The idea came to me two years ago when a friend of mine said he’d done a film shoot on an aircraft at Kemble…I went over to the airfield to take a look at all these old aircrafts and realized it could be possible to buy one…It’s really cool that Bristol City Council were willing to give the green light to this exciting project – I don’t think councils in other major cities would have done so.”
Palmer also hopes to also use the space for private dining events, arranging to have local chefs take over the kitchen. This, of course, will only take place after COVID restrictions are lifted.
The aircraft, with its engines and wings removed, will be given a new ‘livery,’ a mural painted by Bristol street artist Jody Thomas. Thomas is known for his mural of Greta Thunberg on the side of a tobacco factory in Bedminster. No word yet on what will be painted on the aircraft…