American Express and Delta Air Lines have launched a new credit card design made from a retired Boeing 747 aircraft.
The limited-edition credit cards will be made with 25% metal from the airline’s scrapped Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Delta’s Boeing 747, registered as N667US, was first delivered to Northwest Airlines in 1990 and in 2008 the aircraft was delivered to Delta Air Lines, according to Planespotters.net.
“The idea of making a metal credit card out of actual airplane metal began years ago, and the creativity and innovation that was required to achieve this is incredibly meaningful,” said Dwight James, S.V.P. of Customer Engagement & Loyalty at Delta and CEO of Delta Vacations.
James added: “We’ve partnered with Amex to transform a piece of Delta’s history into a collector’s item you can use in your everyday. The 747’s legacy lives on for a new generation of Delta flyers through this first-of-its-kind credit card that our members will be proud to keep in their wallets.”
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Customers can apply for this special-edition credit card until August 3, 2022.
“To transform fuselage into metal that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use while still functioning as a contactless credit card was a huge feat,” said Jon Gantman, SVP and General Manager of Cobrand Product Management at American Express.
Several iconic aircraft have been recycled and turned into reusable parts or aviation collectibles.