For the first time in its history,
Customers and collectors can recreate an authentic BA first class experience by snapping up bespoke inflight dining items such as William Edwards plates (from £25), soup bowls (£30), cups (from £5) and saucers (£5).
Other first class items on sale include the bread basket (£42), the day blanket (£9) and the coaster (£5). And for £12 you can buy the top-cabin hot towels (which obviously arrive cold).
For the first time, BA has decided to unlock the doors to its warehouse this Christmas. You can buy this first class BA soup bowl for £30 from whatabuy.co.uk/british-airways
Snuggle up after you’ve eaten off your first class crockery with this £9 first class day blanket
Prefer BA’s business class (Club World) style?
Items from this cabin you can snag include the China casserole dish (£12), the black serving tray (£10) and the slippers (£10).
There are items in the ‘yard sale’ from BA’s recently retired Boeing 747 fleet, too, such as Champagne flutes (£6), the ‘full meal equipment box’ (£75), the top-loading waste disposal trolley (£150), the ‘full meal equipment box’ (£75) and the four-shelf oven rack (£50).
How the BA first class dinner service looks in reality
This British Airways first class bread basket is up for sale for £42
This ex-BA 747 four-shelf oven rack has clearly seen some action. Yours for £50
Rob Burgess, Editor of frequent flyer website
‘By opening the sale up to the public, BA is also giving people the chance to purchase fun items that will make great Christmas gifts for any self-confessed aviation enthusiasts.
‘What could be nicer than unwrapping a British Airways first class day blanket to cosy up in this Yule, or eating your turkey dinner off of the finest BA William Edwards Crockery?’
Why is British Airways selling off this stock?
Mr Burgess continued: ‘It is not entirely clear, but the lack of flying in the past months means that breakages has significantly reduced. BA also plans to introduce a new service in the near future although it’s likely this will be postponed. Plus, given the reduced quality in the food offering right now, perhaps there’s not the need for very posh crockery.’
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: ‘This is an incredible one-off opportunity for people to bring the magic of flying with British Airways into their own homes.
‘We know that these special items will fly and we are delighted to be able to offer them in time for Christmas to give people the opportunity to make it memorable during a difficult year.’
Items are available to purchase from
British Airways’ parent company IAG swung to a pre-tax loss of 6.2billion euros (£5.6billion) for the nine months to the end of September.
This compared with a 2.3billion euros (£2.1billion) pre-tax profit during the same period a year ago.