IMMENSE Air, the UK’s first ever aerobar, has been cleared for take off on Bournemouth Beach as part of this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival. The first passengers will “board” the venue on Friday 18th August.
The bar and restaurant is housed in a decommissioned ATR-42 at the “airport terminal” between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. It comes equipped with departure lounge, duty free, customs, cabin crew, club class – and a VIP first class lounge.
“Bournemouth has never seen anything like this,” says Immense Air flight director Ben Dyas. “We believe Immense Air will be one of Bournemouth’s biggest attractions in the build-up to the air festival and a truly unique feature of the festival itself. The sky’s the limit!”
The 42-seater aircraft, which used to fly to the Channel Islands, has been converted to feature four serving hatches and a spacious bar. The Departure Lounge offers beachside shade, drinks and world foods; and the Club Class Beach AIR Restaurant takes passengers on lunch, afternoon tea and night “flights”, with panoramic views of the air festival action.
For those who opt for the VIP Flight package, there will be private tables, chilled Prosecco on arrival followed by a two or three-course menu with an international drinks list.
Entertainment with Immense Air will include tribute bands, fire shows and DJs and during the festival, from 31st August to 3rd September, there will be a choice of themed flight ‘destinations’, from Hawaii to Rio via Ko Pha Ngan, plus a package of retro delights on Vintage Sunday.