British Airways has launched a new range of £1,935 carry-on suitcases made with parts of its retired Boeing 747 planes.
The airline’s BOAC Speedbird suitcases pay tribute to the planes which were removed from service last year.
Only 150 suitcases will be on sale and each one will contain a different fragment from a 747 in the bag’s interior.
The glossy white suitcase has a hand-painted retro Gold Speedbird emblem on the case and a navy leather trim.
British Airways teamed up with luggage company Globe-Trotter to design the suitcases which have been hand-made in England.
A pair of special suitcases which were flown on the airline’s last ever Boeing 747 flight on December 11 will be up for auction.
The plane flew from the engineering base at Cardiff Airport to its new home in St Athan in South Wales.
The two suitcases are signed by the flight’s captain Richard Allen-Williams and hope to raise money for Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief.
Hamish McVey, British Airways’ head of brands and marketing, said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Globe-Trotter to create this very special product, and through this unique auction raise money for vital Comic Relief projects across the UK and overseas.
‘While it was the right time to bid farewell to our Queen of the Skies, the launch of these BOAC-inspired carry-on suitcases provides a perfect opportunity for someone to celebrate a bygone era of global air travel and own a piece of our history.’
British Airways was the largest operator of the B-747 400 until the decision was made to ground the fleet.
In total, more than 3.5 billion people have travelled on the Boeing 747.
Its last passenger flight was from San Francisco to Heathrow in April 2020, with its retirement brought forward several years as a consequence of the pandemic.
News Source: Daily Mail