The 1,000 second-hand inflight trolleys were snapped up within days.
Australia’s flag carrier hasn’t just sold its pajamas and inflight snacks for housebound travelers—last week it went one step further by offering its customers actual bar carts to wheel out for guests at post-pandemic house parties. As many as 1,000 of the trolleys were salvaged from the airline’s recently retired jumbo jets before they were sent off to the California desert, and put on sale via Qantas Wine, giving aviation enthusiasts a chance to own a substantial piece of 747 history.
Qantas executive manager of product and service, Phil Capps, said in a statement: “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. 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.”
He went on to cite the current demand for Qantas 747 memorabilia and interest from frequent flyers, who were keen to convert them into furniture such as lamp stands and storage units for use at home. Each of the half bar carts have been fully stocked with 40 mini bottles of white wine and another 40 mini bottles of red, along with one bottle of Champagne from the airline’s business-class cellar. Other inclusions range from a pair of business-class amenity kits featuring Aspar Travel Essentials to a Sheridan cotton throw (made exclusively for Qantas first class) and two business-class pajamas. The half bar carts were priced at A$974.70 (US$690) including delivery, and at the time of sale, Qantas said a small number of full-size carts stocked with double the items were available for A$1,474.70 (US$1,044).