Retired Boeing 747 turned into credit cards

Delta Air Lines and American Express have collaborated to produce a unique credit card made out of metal from a retired Boeing 747 operated by the Atlanta-based airline. 

A piece of history in your pocket

Approved applicants of Delta’s SkyMiles Reserve Card will get a unique piece of history from the major U.S carrier in the form of a credit card made from a retired Boeing 747 from 16 June.

The lucky members will receive the credit card along with a brief history of the “Queen of the Skies”. 

To be exact, the stunning new card will be made of 25% recycled metal from Delta’s Boeing 747-400. The aircraft, Delta Ship #6307, retired from service in November 2017 and first started operations in 1990 with Northwest Airlines. 

With a whopping 27 years of service under its belt, the aircraft operated over 14,000 flights in total under three different airlines, logging 68 million miles and carrying 4 million passengers. 

The design of the card pays homage to the “Queen of the Skies” and resembles a blueprint featuring an illustration of the Boeing aircraft and states such as the aircraft’s first and final flight dates, registration number, and total miles flown. 

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The card comes in a stylish and sophisticated dark black colour. | © Delta Air Lines

Interestingly, the card also comes with an augmented reality experience that is activated using your smartphone. The virtual tour allows the cardholder to see exactly how the aircraft was transformed from recyclable metal to credit cards. 

American Express is arguably the ideal partner for this kind of venture – the American multinational company is known across the globe for its classy and exclusive credit cards.

Cardholders can experience benefits such as complimentary access to Delta SkyClubs and the American Express Centurion Lounge and Status Boost to help passengers get closer to earning elite status with the airline. 

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| © Delta Air Lines

Both Delta Air Lines and American Express believe that the card (that’s available until 3 August) while it is not the first to honour U.S aviation, offers customers a rare chance to carry a piece of avionic history wherever they go. 

Jon Gantman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of co-brand product management at American Express, commented on the partnership in a press release:

“For over 60 years, American Express and Delta have partnered together to deliver world-class experiences for our shared customers through industry-leading service, value, and access. Today, we’re celebrating our latest innovation that pays homage to the iconic Boeing 747 by giving Card Members a piece of travel history in their wallet.” 

To celebrate the launch, American Express is offering the lucky cardholders the opportunity to earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new card within the first three months. 

Would you like to own this special-edition card? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jasmine Adjallah
Jasmine Adjallah
Jr Reporter - Aspiring to work in a journalism, PR, Communications/media role, Jasmine is using her gap year as an opportunity to learn, gain experience and grow as a person. Interested in the sports, aviation and broadcasting world. At Travel Radar she is a Jr. Reporter working with the publication over Summer 2022.




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