Source: Delta Air Lines
- Until Aug. 3, 2022, new Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business Card Members can apply for a limited-edition, first-of-its-kind Reserve card design, allowing Card Members to experience a piece of the magic, history and innovation of the “Queen of the Skies.”
Calling all flyers: For the first time ever, you can carry a piece of an aircraft in your wallet. Delta and American Express are launching a limited-edition Boeing 747 card design made with 25% airplane metal from Delta Ship #6307, a retired Delta Boeing 747 from the airline’s fleet.
Until Aug. 3, 2022, customers can apply for the Boeing 747 Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business Card – while supplies last. Along with best-in-class travel benefits, it comes with access to exclusive content via an augmented reality experience that comes with the welcome kit. Created especially for the limited-edition card design, the AR experience features the history of the Delta Ship #6307 and the Boeing 747, flight stories and the card transformation.
“This is the most unique card design Delta and Amex have created to date,” said Jon Gantman, SVP and General Manager of Cobrand Product Management at American Express. “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. This special-edition Boeing 747 card design is one more way Delta and American Express continue to partner together to bring Card Members unique products and experiences.”
The Boeing 747 Reserve Card started out as Delta ship #6307, a now-retired Boeing 747-451. The Boeing 747, known as “The Queen of the Skies” and “The Jumbo Jet” for its majestic presence and distinctive “hump,” set the stage for many advancements in air travel and was a beloved part of Delta’s fleet.
Transformation: The Card
To begin the transformation from “wings to wallet,” Delta teams reached out to the team at the boneyard in Arizona, where the 747 was moved after retirement. The big question: would it be possible to disassemble the main body of the aircraft, the fuselage, and mold it into metal that could be cut into a credit card?
In parallel, Delta and Amex were hard at work on a sleek design that pays homage to the aircraft’s history and the 747’s distinctive shape. At every step, teams took care to ensure that the Card would honor the history of the retired aircraft while giving it a new purpose through this project.
Delta Ship #6307 holds special meaning for many Delta customers and employees; this aircraft has provided transport to US service men and women, evacuated travelers from Florida during Hurricane Irma, united families and friends and transported travelers to bucket-list destinations all over the globe.
The 747 was more than an iconic aircraft. It was the setting for weddings, including flight attendant Holly R. and pilot Gene P.’s, who tied the knot on board Delta’s final 747 ferry flight in 2018.