British Airways is selling off surplus inflight crockery, glassware and blankets, as well as trolleys from retired B747 aircraft, in an attempt to raise much needed funds.
In a release the carrier said that “For the first time in its history, British Airways has decided to unlock the doors to its warehouse this Christmas to give customers and aviation fans the unique opportunity to get their hands on items from British Airways aircraft which have circled the globe hundreds of times”.
Among the items on sale via whatabuy.co.uk include used first class William Edwards plates, soup bowls, cups, saucers and butter dishes, as well as bread baskets, hot towel plates (and towels themselves), champagne flutes, coasters, Club World casserole dishes, slippers and day blankets.
Fans can even get their hands on aircraft trolleys and canisters from BA’s B747 aircraft, which were retired earlier this year.
When Business Traveller checked the website this morning, a set of six First Japanese appetiser plates could be had for £26, while a Waste Top Loader Trolley was on sale for £150.
If similar sales by other airlines are anything to go by, items are likely to go very quickly (and indeed some were already sold out when we checked).
BA is encouraging customers to share photographs of themselves using the items at home, using the hashtag #BAathome.
Commenting on the move Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said:
“This is an incredible one-off opportunity for people to bring the magic of flying with British Airways in to their own homes. We know that these special items will fly and we are delighted to be able to offer them in time for Christmas to give people the opportunity to make it memorable during a difficult year.”