Delta and Amex launch credit cards made from B747 aircraft

Delta and American Express have launched a new partnership allowing customers to own a metal credit card from a retired B747 jumbo.

The limited edition metal cards were made from materials including 25% aircraft metal sourced from Delta Ship #6307.

U.S.-based customers can apply for the special Boeing 747 Delta Skymiles Reserve or Reserve Business cards by August 3, 2022, which are available “while supplies last.”

Delta said the partnership follows “a year of research and development to ensure the aircraft’s metal can function as a functional credit card that stands up to daily wear and tear.”

A team of metalworkers dismantled the jumbo jet, prepped the aluminum exterior for cleaning, then treated and rolled the metal into thin sheets “to preserve its authenticity.” Polymer print layers were then added to protect the aluminum.

The carrier said the retired aircraft “has special meaning to many Delta customers and employees; this aircraft has transported American servicemen and women, evacuated travelers from Florida during Hurricane Irma, united families and friends, and transported travelers to must-see destinations around the world.”

The card also comes with an augmented reality welcome kit, allowing cardholders to learn more about the history of Delta Ship #6307 and the Boeing 747, as well as flight histories and details about the transformation of the metal of the plane into a credit card.

Commenting on the news, Dwight James, Senior Vice President of Customer Engagement and Loyalty at Delta and CEO of Delta Vacation, said:

“The idea of ​​making a metal credit card from airplane metal began years ago, and the creativity and innovation required to achieve this is incredibly significant.

“We’ve partnered with Amex to turn a piece of Delta history into a collectible you can use every day. The 747 legacy lives on for a new generation of Delta travelers with this one-of-a-kind credit card our members will be proud to keep in their wallets.

The Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express and Reserve Business American Express cards have an annual fee of $550 – for more information on the cards, click here.,

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