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Qantas may have retired its Boeing 747 fleet, but for aviation enthusiasts already missing the "Queen of the Skies" the Australian airline offered up something to sweeten the deal.
Qantas put several bar carts that were recently removed from the 747s on sale, stocked with alcohol, first class pajamas and other goodies.
"These pre-loved carts served Qantas and our customers well during their world travels from London and Los Angeles to Singapore and Santiago, with each one averaging around 2,000 flights," Qantas executive manager of product and service, Phil Capps, said
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"While we no longer have use for them, they still have life in them, especially for those with an appreciation for aviation collectables and an eye for design."
The carts were a big hit and have already sold out.
End of an era
On sale were half bar carts, which came replete with 40 mini bottles of whit wine, 40 mini bottles of red and one bottle of champagne. Also included with the carts were two of Qantas Business Class amenity kits, one fancy throw made for Qantas First Class, some sweet treats and two sets of Qantas PJs.
In the, the carts were described as "used and will show signs of wear and tear" -- but that's just part of what makes them special.
They were on sale for $974.70 Australian dollars (roughly US$685) or 169,000 Qantas Points.
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A small number of full size carts were also on offer, with double the items and selling for AUD$1,474.70 (US$1,037).
Qantas last 747 flight, six months earlier than initially scheduled because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the aviation industry.
At the time,the aircraft, versions of which crisscrossed the skies for almost 50 years, was "well ahead of its time."
Joyce added that the 747 is being switched out with more fuel-efficient options, including the Airbus A350 and the 787 Dreamliner -- which recently hit headlines when Qantas
Qantas isn't the only airline to turn off the lights on the 747.in July, four years early, due to the pandemic.
According to Qantas' Phil Capps, there's been "huge demand" for memorabilia associated with the 747. Capps said frequent fliers had expressed interest in snapping up the inflight trolleys with the purpose of converting them into household furniture: "Everything from lamp stands to storage units."
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Last week, British Airways announced the immediate retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet. The writing was on the wall for some time, as the airline had always planned to retire the superjumbo by 2024. But because of the coronavirus pandemic and in an effort to cut costs, the airline was forced to accelerate those retirement …Earlier this month, Boeing announced that it would also be ceasing production of the 747, meaning that those who are keen to fly the aircraft again will only have limited time and options to do so. It’s the end of an area, and I, for one, will miss the BA Boeing 747 for a number of reasons.
While the 747 might be adored by aviation fans around the world, the bar carts were only available to be delivered to metro locations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
In October, Qantas plans to sell off more 747 memorabilia via a charity auction, due to take place right before its flight to nowhere. The airline says the resulting funds will be donated to the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children.
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