Airline British Airways has launched a new range of suitcases made with parts of retired Boeing 747s.
However, you may have to save up a bit to get your hands on them, as each suitcase is being sold for a hefty £1,935.
BA's new limited edition "BOAC Speedbird suitcases" pay tribute to its retired Boeing 747 aircraft.
These were removed from its fleet last year, and celebrates the brand's iconic BOAC livery.
As well as a stylish suitcase, you'll also be getting a part of airline history as each one has been made with a fragment from one of the retired 747 aircraft.
There also aren't many on sale – with only 150 of the suitcases available to buy.
The suitcases come with a hand-painted "Gold Speedbird" insignia on the glossy white exterior, along with a navy leather trim used on the corners and handles.
The fragment of the Boeing 747 forms part of the suitcase's interior.
BA has teamed up with luggage brand Globe-Trotter to create the suitcases, with the items available to buy on globe-trotter.com while they last.
Two of the suitcases with also be available on auction platform bid_in to raise funds for Flying Start, part of British Airways' partnership with Comic Relief.
Bids will begin from £2,000 per suitcase – you can find out more in the bid_in auction online.
These two suitcases were on board the final Boeing 747 which left the BA fleet in December 2020, adorned with BOAC livery.
The aircraft flew from the engineering base at Cardiff Airport to its new permanent home at St Athan, South Wales.
These suitcases have been signed by the flight’s Captain, Richard Allen-Williams, British Airways’ Chief Training Pilot.
Hamish McVey, British Airways’ Head of Brands & Marketing, said: "We are thrilled to be working with Globe-Trotter to create this very special product, and through this unique auction raise money for vital Comic Relief projects across the UK and overseas.
"While it was the right time to bid farewell to our Queen of the Skies, the launch of these BOAC-inspired carry-on suitcases provides a perfect opportunity for someone to celebrate a bygone era of global air travel and own a piece of our history."
British Airways retired its Boeing 747s, which had been described as "fuel-hungry", earlier than planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on aviation.
There were a total of 31 Boeing 747 planes in the BA fleet, all of which flew their last commercial services over the summer. At one point, the airline had been operating 57 of the aircraft.
The last of its 747s left the fleet earlier this year. There are plans however for one of the planes to be opened to the public by next spring, while another aircraft is set to be transformed into an exhibition.
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