Sunday July 18 2010 / A Little Levity

In early April last year, the Blogosphere year bloomed with the announcement of a new super-luxurious mode of transport: Hotelicopter, the world's first flying hotel.

Based on a a giant Soviet Mil V-12 helicopter, of which there were only two made, the Hotelicopter featured 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for those seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience . . . and rich enough to afford a room.

The soundproofed rooms were equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you would expect from a flying five star hotel. Even room service was available between one hour after liftoff to prior to landing.

The very professional website was full of information, video and photographs, and  informed that the Hotelicopter was due to fly its maiden journey on the 26th of June 2009.

There was even the tour program!

Inaugural Summer Tour - 14 days (Friday, June 26th, 2009 - Friday, July 10th, 2009)

California Tour - 14 days (Friday, July 17th, 2009 to Friday, July 24rd, 2009)

Bay/Jamaica, European Tour - 16 days (Friday, July 31st, 2009 to Sunday, August 16th, 2009)

And if there was any doubt that this baby didn't have the space or the power, the detailed technical specifications put those to rest.

Dimensions Length: 42 m (137 ft)
Height: 28m (91 ft)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 105850 kg (232,870 lb)
Maximum speed: 255 km/h (137 kt) (158 miles/h)
Cruising speed: 237 km/h (127 kt) (147 miles/h)
Original Mi Range: 515 km (320 mi)
Our augmented Mi Range - 1,296 km (700 mi)

Well if it all looked too good to be true, it was. Hotelicopter was first presented on the 1st of April, with the website url http://aprilfools.hotelicopter.com/ (two clues that most Bloggers missed) and was in fact a brilliant viral marketing campaign by Yotel, an short-stay airport hotel chain.

We doff our hats to Yotel for entertaining publicity, superbly executed.

For more information, please visit http://aprilfools.hotelicopter.com/

Suggested by
Ian Skellern