Here's your chance to bring a little bit of Australian aviation history into your home or office, in the shape of a Qantas Boeing 747 drinks cart – and if you're thinking of turning it into a personal mini-bar, it comes fully stocked with 80 mini bottles of wine, plus Champagne from Qantas' business class cellar.
Qantas is about to sell a thousand of these Boing 747 galley carts, which its engineers rescued from the red-tailed jumbo jets before they were flown to California's infamous Mojave Desert 'boneyard'.
Each cart has clocked up around 2,000 flights and travelled estimated 15 million kilometres – to the likes of London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong – so they're certainly not in mint condition. But that's just part of their unique character and part of the story they tell.
(Other items – including emergency exit signs, phone handsets used by the crew and a galley control unit – will go under the hammer at a charity auction at Qantas' Sydney domestic business lounge on Saturday October 10 ahead of a seven-hour Boeing 787 sightseeing flight.)
Phil Capps, Qantas Executive Manager of Product and Service, likes to think of them as "pre-loved" and ready to be adopted by "those with an appreciation for aviation collectables and an eye for design."
“There has been huge demand for Qantas 747 memorabilia, and frequent flyers have expressed keen interest to convert the bespoke inflight trolley into everything from lamp stands to storage units."
"The fact they come fully stocked with some of Qantas’ most popular on-board service items will hopefully inspire some high-flying fun at home.”
Each Qantas Boeing 747 half-sized bar cart includes five plastic drawer inserts packed with:
- 40 mini bottles (187ml) of Australian white wine
- 40 mini bottles (187ml) of Australian red wine
- one full-sized bottle of Champagne
- one sleeve of Tim Tams
- one sleeve of savoury biscuits
- one 200g packet of smoked almonds
- two Qantas business class amenity kits (featuring ASPAR Travel Essentials skincare products)
- a 100% combed cotton Sheridan throw made exclusively for Qantas First Class
- two pairs of Qantas Business Class pyjamas – one M/L and L/XL (if you want a smaller size, just give them a few washes in hot water)
The price for all that avgeek goodness is $974.70 – or 169,000 Qantas Points – which includes free delivery to metropolitan locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
There'll also be a small number of full-size carts, with double the included items, for $1,474.70 or 256,000 Qantas Points.
Executive Traveller understands the Boeing 747 bar carts will officially go on sale at 8am today, Thursday September 24, from wine.qantas.com.