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"Good day, this is your captain speaking. Drinks will now be served."

That could be you in the comfort of your own home, if you managed to buy one of 1,000 fully stocked bar carts from Qantas.

The Australian airline retired its Boeing 747s and decided to sell off items found on the planes before sending them off to retirement in the Californian desert.

In an attempt to make money due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the tourism industry extremely hard, the airline has already sold first-class pyjamas and exit signs, as well as other flight memorabilia that will soon be auctioned off.

According to Business Insider, the full cart contains 160 miniature wine bottles, two bottles of champagne, and various snacks. Qantas also added four amenity kits, two first-class blankets, and four sets of pyjamas.

The Qantas full cart sold for just over R17,000 each, and all 1,000 of them sold out in just two hours.

Half carts were also available at a cheaper price. It contained less alcohol and fewer snacks.

Phil Capps, Qantas executive manager of product and service, told Business Traveller that the bar carts offered the trifecta of wine, PJs and a piece of aviation history.

"These pre-loved carts served Qantas and our customers well during their world travels from London and Los Angeles to Singapore and Santiago, with each one averaging around 2,000 flights. While we no longer have use for them, they still have life in them, especially for those with an appreciation for aviation collectables and an eye for design."

While it might seem extreme, Business Insider reports that other airlines around the world have gone to even more extreme lengths to ensure an income.

Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific have sold their in-flight meals online. The meals are packaged and served just as they are on a flight.

A supplier to United Airlines sold their surplus mixed nuts to the public at bargain prices.

Watch the Karryon Travel video below to see what each of the Qantas bar carts featured.

Image credits: Escape, The Guardian and Dmarge

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