From now until August 3, 2022, customers can apply for a Boeing 747 Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express card. Here’s the cool part: The Limited Edition Boeing 747 card is made of 25 percent ferroalloy from Delta Ship #6307, a retired Delta Boeing 747.
“The idea of making a metallic credit card out of actual aircraft metal started years ago, and the creativity and innovation required to make that happen has made incredible sense,” Dwight James, Senior Vice President of Customer Engagement and Loyalty at Delta and CEO of Delta Vacations said in a statement. “We’ve partnered with Amex to turn a piece of Delta’s history into a collector’s item that you can use in your everyday life.”
a place in history
The Boeing 747, known as the “Queen of the Sky” and “the Jumbo Jet” “for their imposing presence and distinctive ‘hump’, paved the way for many advancements in air travel and were a beloved part of Delta’s fleet,” Delta explains.
“The 747 double-decker revolutionized the industry: It was a major engineering advance over previous long-range aircraft thanks to its speed, long-range flying ability, and sheer size,” Delta continues. “The aircraft ushered in an era of accessible international travel and brought luxuries such as spiral staircases to the upper deck and independent piano bars.”
Delta Ship #6307 has been in service for 27 years. During that time, she made 14,100 flights, covering 68 million miles. As Delta notes, that distance is comparable to going around the Earth more than 2,700 times.
More than four million passengers traveled on the “ship” during its service. Along the way, 6307 was the venue for wedding parties, including flight attendant Holly R. and pilot Gene P. The ship was also used to transport men and women in American service and evacuate travelers from Florida during Hurricane Irma.
Delta retired its 747s, including #6307, in 2017 when it introduced the Airbus A350 into its fleet.
Preserve a piece of history
To begin the transformation referred to as Delta from “wings to purse,” Delta employees contacted the team at “boneyard” in Arizona, where Delta Ship #6307 was moved after retirement.
“The big question was: Would it be possible to disassemble the main body of the plane, the fuselage, and shape it into metal that could be shredded into a credit card?” Delta notes.
“After a year of research and development to ensure that aircraft metal served as an effective credit card that withstand daily wear and tear, a team of metalworkers began dismantling the aircraft,” Delta explains. Then they prepared the aluminum exterior so that the material could be cleaned, processed, and rolled into thin sheets to preserve its authenticity. The Boeing 747 is made of 25 percent aircraft metal and has polymer layers to protect aluminum as well as an antenna that enables contactless propulsion. ”
Meanwhile, Delta and Amex have worked collaboratively to design the card to pay homage to the aircraft’s history and the distinctive shape of the 747.
“This is the most unique card design that Delta and Amex have created to date,” said John Gantman, senior vice president and general manager of Cobrand product management at American Express. “Converting the fuselage to a metal that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use while still serving as a contactless credit card was a major achievement.”
More about the card
The Boeing 747 Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express card offers, as you’d expect, what companies call “best-in-class travel benefits,” but there’s more…
“It also comes with access to exclusive content via an augmented reality (AR) experience that comes with the Welcome Pack,” Delta explains. “The augmented reality experience is tailored to the design of the limited-edition cards, and features Delta Ship #6307 and Boeing 747 history, flight stories, and card transformation.”
You can learn more about the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card, including how to apply for it here.
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