World news – AU – Qantas put fully stocked bar carts from its retired 747s up for sale for more than $1,000, and they’re already all sold out


With air travel decimated and revenues in the gutter, airlines and their suppliers have been selling off unneeded bits of inventory, to bring in whatever extra cash they can find. 

Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific have turned to selling in-flight meals as standalone products. GNS Foods, a supplier to United Airlines, sold excess mixed nuts to the public for bargain-bin prices in late August. 

Qantas, though, has outdone them all. After retiring its fleet of Boeing 747s, the Australian airline decided to sell off the bar carts that once rode aboard the Queen of the Skies. And it didn’t just offer the hunks of metal and plastic: It also packed the trolleys full of booze, candy, and savory snacks, among other treats. 

In addition to 160 miniature wine bottles, two bottles of champagne, and various snacks, Qantas threw in four amenity kits, two first-class blankets, and four sets of pajamas with each cart purchase. 

Qantas listed the carts for 1,474 AUD — just over 1,000 USD at current exchange rates — and they’re all already sold out. Apparently, plenty of aviation fanatics are willing to spend top dollar to spruce up their home bars or make their flight simulators a bit more realistic, even if they showed the normal wear and tear you’d expect from a cart that took countless trips up and down the aisle.

Qantas has also attempted to shore up its coffers by selling business-class pajamas along with sightseeing flights that land right back where they started. 


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