Qantas will hold the first auction of Boeing 747 memorabilia on Saturday October 10, prior to the departure of the ‘Great Southern Land’ Boeing 787 sightseeing flight.
The live auction will take place in the Qantas Business lounge at Sydney Airport Terminal 3, where passengers on the flight will gather for breakfast from 8am.
Some of the items going on the block will include emergency exit signs, phone handsets used by the crew and a galley control unit, with all money raised being donated to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
However, this won't be your only chance to snap up some souvenirs of the beloved jumbo jet for work, home, garage or den: a Qantas spokesperson assured Executive Traveller that other events and opportunities will follow, with an online auction also under consideration.
Update: From Thursday morning, October 24, Qantas will also put on sale one thousand Boeing 747 bar carts fully loaded with wine, Champagne, snacks and even business class PJs – see our storyhere for the details.
As previously reported, Qantas is also mapping out more Boeing 787 scenic flights which begin and end at the same airport, following the sell-out success of the initial Great Southern Land tour.
All 149 seats, priced from $3,787 in business class to $787 in economy, were snapped up in ten minutes: a rate of one seat every four seconds, making this what the spokesperson described as "probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas' history."
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The crippling impact of the coronavirus saw Qantas dispatch its remaining Boeing 747s to the infamous boneyard of California's Mojave Desert – but not before removing a goodly number of items which are now bound to become highly sought after among high flyers.
"The absolute outpouring for the 747, the queen of the skies has been terrific," reflects Stephanie Tully, the airline's Group Chief Customer Officer.
"We did do some behind the scenes work with our engineering teams to take some of the aircraft pieces aside," Tully tells Executive Traveller, "and in the future weeks and months, we will be looking to sell some special memorabilia from those aircraft."
Bar carts from the galley are expected to be on the list and in solid demand, gaining a second life as unique drinks cabinets in the office, dining room or den – think of them as conversation-starters with their own story to tell.
The rest of the roster is likely to be a mixed all-sorts of whatever the Qantas engineers could remove before the 747s flew away – so we're not even ruling out the odd business class seat. Previous similar exercises by Qantas have included the handsets from crew phones and tray tables from first class cabin.
Qantas isn't revealing exactly what pieces of Boeing 747 tchotchke are up its sleeve – or should that be, in the Flying Kangaroo's pouch – but more details, including how they can make their way from the Qantas hangar to your home, will be revealed as each event draws near.
Tully says that this will be anything but a revenue-generating exercise, and is "more about connecting with our people and our customers."
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