These metal American Express credit cards were made from a retired Delta 747 Airplane


Fancy having a piece of the Boeing 747 in your pocket? Well, making it possible for you is Delta Airlines in association with Amex. Together the two have unveiled the new Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card that is made from the melted-down metal of a retired Delta Boeing 747.


The ‘limited-edition, first-of-its-kind reserve card will enable members to “experience a piece of the magic, history, and innovation of the ‘Queen of the Skies.’ Only new Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business Card Members can apply for it , which will be made available on first serve basis.


Created to honor the history of aviation travel, the new card design consists of 25% metal from Delta Ship #6307, a retired Boeing 747-400. It comes in all-black and features a drawing of the 747, as well as details about the specific plane’s history.


Commenting on the exclusive offering, Dwight James, Delta’s enior vice president of customer engagement and loyalty and the CEO of Delta Vacations, in a statement to Travel + Leisure, said, “This is a conversation piece.”


He further added, “Pull out your card when you’re at a nice restaurant with friends, and your friends will be like, ‘What is that?’ And the element of that is so cool.” Remarking similarly, Jon Gantman, senior vice president and general manager of co-brand product management at American Express, added.


“After a focus group, someone made a comment that we should make a credit card out of an airplane, and the idea stuck…In the 1950s, we provided exclusive tours and travel itineraries to Delta’s airline customers. In 1996, we introduced our first travel rewards credit card. Now for the first time in aviation history, we’ve transformed aircraft metal into a credit card.”


To make the experience better, Amex has also launched an augmented reality experience demonstrating the history of the aircraft and other details for members to enjoy. The card can be requested by contacting the marquee by phone or through its app until August 3. We recommend you get yours asap!

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