Posted by Transport & Business Express | 21 July 2012 | 3,242 times
A story about the purported commencement of operations by a flying hotel has grabbed the attention of some Nigerians but checks by Transport & Business Express showed that no such hotel exists.
A Facebook post this morning by Chinyeaka Emmanuel Okoli, a Multimedia Production Specialist, claimed that the “first Helicopter Hotel in the world has been inaugurated in the UAE,” adding that the “inaugural trip took off from Dubai Airport on June 6, 2011.” He attached a photo of the purported Hotelicopter.
The post immediately captured the attention of Nigerians, some of whom started commenting on it. One professor wrote, asking: “Helicopter Hotel? How does it work?” Another person described it as “so cool.”
A quick check by Transport & Business Express however showed that the Hotelicopter story is a ruse. Here is what Wikipedia, the online dictionary, has to say about the subject matter:
“Hotelicopter is an April Fools’ Day video prank that went viral in 2009 showing a craft based on the Soviet made Mil Mi-12 military helicopter, leading millions to believe the world’s first luxury hotel/helicopter was a reality. The video and website explained the first commercial flight of Hotelicopter was scheduled to take off on 26 June 2009 from JFK Airport in New York City, and reach the UK later that August. In 2010 the Christian Science Monitor named the Hotelicopter as one of its top five online April Fools’ pranks. The Times also included the prank in its “10 best travel April fools”, rating it as 10/10.”
*Photo: Courtesy Gozmag
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