The DC-9 used to create the Delta Gift Cards
flew under four different airline
brands—Allegheny Airlines, Eastern Air Lines,
Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines, during
its lifespan. The gift cards come encased in a
durable card-stock carrier designed to display
and protect the collectible. The carrier
features a history of the DC-9 aircraft as well
as images capturing the production of the
limited edition Delta Gift Card.
The cards are made from aluminum cut from
various locations on the DC-9’s fuselage and
tail. Because of the authentic nature of the
materials, slight variations exist, including
physical imperfections from natural wear and
tear of the aircraft. As a result, each card
will be unique in color, texture, and thickness.
The front of the card may be white, blue, red,
gray, multicolored, or metallic in color with
the back being completely metallic. Each card
has been protected with a clear-coat sealant.
The DC-9-51 aircraft used to create these
limited edition Delta Gift Cards was
manufactured on Aug. 25, 1975, and began service
as N920VJ with Allegheny Airlines. Eastern Air
Lines changed the registration to N401EA in
1978, which was later kept when acquired by
Northwest Airlines and Delta.
tail of this DC-9 was repurposed to create the
one-of-a-kind vintage reception desk now used by
Delta's Elite Services Team in the premium
check-in area of Delta ONE at LAX.