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British Airways launches suitcases made with parts of retired Boeing 747s

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 13th January, 2021 05:26:45 PM
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British Airways has launched a new range of suitcases - but you're going to need to fork out £1,935 to get your hands on one.

The airline's new limited edition 'BOAC Speedbird suitcases' pay tribute to its retired Boeing 747 aircraft, which were removed from the fleet last year, and celebrates the brand's iconic BOAC livery.

So why such a hefty price tag? Well for a start there are only 150 suitcases on sale, and each one has been made with a fragment from one of the retired 747 aircraft.

Still, you're going to need to be a serious aviation enthusiast to splash out nearly £2,000 on a suitcase.

Other features include a hand-painted 'Gold Speedbird’ insignia on the glossy white exterior, as well as navy leather trim used on the corners and handles. The fragment of the Boeing 747 will form part of the suitcase's interior.

The airline has teamed up with luggage brand Globe-Trotter to create the suitcases, so if you are feeling like a £1,935 carry-on suitcase is your thing, then you can head over to to try and get your hands on one.

There will also be two suitcases available on auction platform bid_in to raise funds for Flying Start, part of British Airways' partnership with Comic Relief. Bids will start from £2,000 per suitcase - you can find out more in the bid_in auction.

The two suitcases were on board the final Boeing 747 which left the BA fleet in December 2020, adorned with BOAC livery. The aircraft flew from the engineering base at Cardiff Airport to its new permanent home at St Athan, South Wales.

Both suitcases have been signed by the flight’s Captain, Richard Allen-Williams, British Airways’ Chief Training Pilot.

Hamish McVey, British Airways’ Head of Brands & 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 retired its 'fuel-hungry' Boeing 747s earlier than planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on aviation.

There were 31 Boeing 747 planes in the British Airways fleet, all of which flew their last commercial services over the summer. At one point, the airline had been operating 57 of the aircraft.

The last of its 747s left the fleet earlier this year, although there are plans for one of the planes to be opened to the public by next spring, while another aircraft is set to be transformed into an exhibition.


Source: Mirror