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What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:55 pm

When an airline rebrands, merges, changes hardware or even liquidates besides a garbage heap in a dessert, is there a revenue flow they could be missing out on? I see in Lufthansa's shopping magazine they make very cool jewelry from old fan blades and sell seats etc.
I'm sure most cities have places like NYC has Urban Archiology and others that sell pieces of old demolished buildings, gas station signs, old Coka-Cola signs and occasionally airline stuff.

I own a piece of a PanAm 707 Fuselage with blue cheatline and window- one of my most prized possessions that i found on line from an antique whole seller, it was $1500. It would have been $4000 retail! What I wouldn't do for a big VARIG "R" or UNITED tulip cut out logo, especially one of the newer chrome ones. Glass sets with airline logo's etc. Imagine a full set of old Singapore stemware.

You can find some things on eBay, but I could easily see a UA/CO website where all nostalgic stuff from both airlines could be sold and make money some real money. Old models, travel posters etc.

Is there a website someone may know of? (I really want that VARIG "R" !!!)
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:29 pm

Auction or the dumpster. Employees might get a stab at some items.
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:48 am

When I was at BD and we re-branded lots of items were left out on tables in the crew room for staff to take.... whatever wasn't taken was sent to Head Office, not sure what they did with it. A few years later some people sold items on Ebay, not sure ow much the items were worth... I only kept some old timetables and safety cards.

I guess the revenue generated by that kind of stuff just wasn't worth the time and effort for BD and they would rather just get rid of it.
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:00 am

I know some stuff is sold off in bulk to surplus dealers. The airline I work for has only changed interior and exterior one time since I have been employed but most of our old items were sold off or recycled or trashed and depending on the items the employees were allowed to take items home.
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:29 pm

Quoting jetmatt777 (Reply 1):
Auction or the dumpster

I have a set of Air Tran retractable ropes that were at the checkin counter at DTW (L.C. Smith Terminal). I was there the night it closed and they were going in the dumpster so they went in my truck instead. I don't have any attachment to them so if anyone wants them (and want to come to Detroit to pick them up) can have them. There was a lot of interesting junk coming out of the terminal and into the parking lot that night.

I drank the last beer sold, before security, at the L.C. Smith Terminal and added the can to my collection.

There was a lot of TWA "knick Knacks" that were given to Operation Liftoff, in STL. The charity sold stuff off for years and may still have some things. I scored all of my TWA sliverware there. I also had some TWA soap and Ozark Airlines ski boot holders.

As far as dinnerware is concerned I have seen it show up at thrift stores. I recently bought some NW dishes and a large number of DL coffee cups/saucers at the Salvation Army store near DTW.
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:58 am

Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):

Delta use to recycle old seat covers. Not sure if they still do or not.
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RE: What Do Airlines Do With Old Good Stuff?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:36 am

I have managed to round up quite a bit of goodies from Varig...PP-VMQ, DC-10-30. They were just airframe components. I have got a full set of Wedgwood "PrivatAir" Dishes, Wine glasses, p/s shakers, npkin rings, tumblers, the whole set. AerLingus 747 vetical fin cap and some v/ fin panels w/ the Shamrock leaves. Also the name "St Kieren" from the side of the fuselage of EI-BED. A TWA 747 nose, A300 Nose, MD-80 nose, KLM upper crew escape door and hatch. Got a lot of this stuff. You would be amazed where you can find it , just gotta look. And yes, ebey a good source. I recently purchased a ship set of composite panels from Americans first 767, N301AA, a 200 series and a V/ fin panel from AA's 767 that burned up at LAX. All kinds of great collectibles out there...g

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