United Selling Boeing 747 Parts to Customers as Souvenirs

By Anna Breuer on 25 October 2017
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A United 747-400 arriving at JFK

A United 747-400 arriving at JFK

United Airlines said Wednesday it was auctioning off pieces of its Boeing 747 fleet. United is in the process of retiring its 747 fleet: the Queen of the Skies will make her last flight in United livery on November 7, 2017, recreating the airline’s first 747 flight which took place in 1970, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

The Chicago-based carrier is selling a variety of components both on a buy-it-now and auction basis to members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program. The first four items are a row of three passenger seats, a row of two passenger seats, a United Airlines livery panel, and a single aircraft window. Prices range from 50,000 miles for the window to 275,000 for the seats.

“Since we announced the retirement of our 747 fleet, our customers and employees have been enthusiastic about sharing their fond memories of this beloved aircraft,” said Suzi Cabo, the airline’s managing director of corporate and community affairs. “We’re excited to provide MileagePlus members with the exclusive opportunity to keep a piece of the 747.”

Other 747 parts to be sold include a standby altimeter, an oxygen pressure indicator, the tail number cut from two presumably already retired 747s, and a rudder trim indicator.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to send children to Air Camp, a Dayton, Ohio-based educational facility that teaches science and technology using aviation and aerospace as the medium.

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