Historic: Buy Parts Of A Former El Al Boeing 707

At Simple Flying we love the chance to own a piece of aircraft. The rarer the aircraft, the…

Historic: Buy Parts Of A Former El Al Boeing 707

At Simple Flying we love the chance to own a piece of aircraft. The rarer the aircraft, the better. The opportunity to purchase part of a Boeing 707 that resided at Berlin Tegel Airport currently exists, with hundreds of pieces on auction until Sunday.

280 lots from a former El Al Boeing 707 are currently up for auction. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

The aircraft formerly registered as 4X-ATB was scrapped wearing a Lufthansa livery. Intriguingly, the aircraft never actually flew for the German flag carrier. Instead, it flew for the Israeli El Al during its passenger career. In Berlin, the aircraft ended up wearing the Lufthansa livery after Boeing gifted the plane to the German flag carrier.

Engines for €2,500

Troostwijk Auctions are currently in the process of selling 280 parts from the former El Al Boeing 707. Some of the parts up for auction include the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Mark 508 engines. The engines come complete with their cowlings, meaning they would look perfect as a display in an office or foyer. They also come with an engine rack to stand them. Three engines are for sale, with bids for each starting at €2,500. A fourth engine has been turned into individual parts, which can be bought separately.

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Three complete engines are being sold with bidding starting at €2,5000. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

Another intriguing part up for auction is the Boeing 707’s main landing gear. The left and right-hand gears are being sold separately, with bidding for each starting at €500. Due to their size, these more oversized items, such as the landing gear and engines, can’t be shipped with UPS. They can be picked up from the auction house in the north of Hamburg, or shipping can be arranged at the buyer’s expense.

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You could stand this landing gear in the corner of your office. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

A colorful history

The Boeing 707 being auctioned has a bit of exciting history. While it has spent the last few decades as a showpiece at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, the aircraft being auctioned once took center stage in an attempted hijacking. Two attackers failed to storm the cockpit with a gun and a hand grenade. The flight, heading from Amsterdam to New York, diverted to London Heathrow.

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Bids for this entire wingtip start at just €35. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

El Al handed the aircraft back to Boeing in 1986, but it didn’t stay with the American planemaker for long. Instead, the jet was gifted to Lufthansa a couple of months later to mark the company’s 200th Boeing order. The aircraft was repainted in the livery of Lufthansa’s D-ABOC, named Berlin.

It kept this livery until it was scrapped, meaning that fuselage pieces from the plane are available in the carrier’s iconic blue, yellow, and white livery. Bidding for fuselage panels containing a window start at €50 and come in a range of sizes up to four windows.

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Window sections of fuselage start at €50. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

Other iconic fuselage pieces contain the aircraft’s identities. A fuselage piece containing the logo of the city of Berlin has 14 bids, currently standing at €120. Meanwhile, a portion of the fuselage with the aircraft’s Boeing 707 branding has attracted 13 bids and a price of €628. The jet’s registration (D-ABOC) has 11 bids and sits at €210.

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The aircraft’s registration is proving to be a hot item. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

From €5 to €5000

There is something available at every single price point in the auction of 4X-ATB/D-ABOC. For those who want a piece of aviation history without a hefty price tag, many smaller fuselage panels are available with bidding starting at just €5.

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Small parts of the fuselage are available from €5. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

At the other end of the spectrum is the aircraft’s cockpit, complete with a nose cone. With bidding starting at €5,000, this is undoubtedly the highlight of the aircraft auction. The cockpit’s interior is in a state of relative disrepair, though a large portion remains, including a seat and some instrumentation. Due to its size, the cockpit needs to be transported on a low-loader truck, which can be achieved sideways.

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The cockpit comes as-is, with many parts still inside. Photo: Troostwijk Auctions

The auction of the parts from this aircraft is set to end at 15:00 on Sunday, October 24th. After this date, Troostwijk Auctions will arrange payment and shipping with the highest bidders. You can find a complete list of all the pieces up for auction on the Troostwijk Auctions website.

Troostwijk Auctions sponsored this article.

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IndiGo Expects Tough Competition From Tata’s Air India

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IndiGo Expects Tough Competition From Tata’s Air India

Indian aviation has seen major changes over the last month as the Tata Group takes over flag carrier Air India. The move is set to heavily disrupt the current status quo, where IndiGo reigns supreme over India’s domestic market. However, this could change soon, with IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta saying that he expects “formidable competition” from the recently privatized carrier. Let’s find out more.

After facing little competition from Air India in the domestic market, IndiGo could now be facing an amalgamation of four airlines. Photo: Getty Images

Big shift

In a CAPA Event this week, seen in Reuters, IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta commented about Tata’s success in taking over Air India. The deal was formalized by the government last week, with the conglomerate paying $2.4bn to privatize the flag carrier. With four airline holdings under its belt, Tata is looking to splash into the market in a big way.

Dutta took a pragmatic view to the situation, discussing the competition and importance of private players, saying,

“I see them as formidable competition but I welcome them. It is a sensible thing…I think they will become more economically responsible. Having a large player funded by taxpayers is not fair competition for us.”

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With the government out of airline ownership (minus a regional carrier), the market will see financial changes. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

With the acquisition of Air India (100%), Tata owns majority positions in Vistara (51%-49% to Singapore Airlines), AirAsia India (81%), and Air India Express (100%). While even the airlines’ combined domestic market share is less than half of IndiGo’s, which stands at 57%, the international sector is where they will thrive. However, both groups are still playing to different markets.


While Air India may soon become a competitor, IndiGo is not expecting any disruptions. The low-cost giant plans to continue planning its long-haul routes using the narrowbody A321XLR, offering the best efficiency and lowest cost. Meanwhile, Tata is set to consolidate all of its airlines into one full-service carrier, which offers a premium travel experience on all of its routes, similar to Vistara.

While there is some overlap between these sectors, IndiGo is confident that there is room in the market for both. The low-cost airline might see some competition on the international side as the new Air India consolidates but isn’t at risk of losing much domestically.

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India is seeing consolidation and expansion at the same time, likely making little change for fare margins. Photo: Getty Images

Dutta also commented on upcoming startup Akasa Air, backed by billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and run by former IndiGo CEO Aditya Ghosh. He said Akasa will be a lesser immediate threat compared to Air India since the startup will need a few years to significantly expand its presence in the market. However, there’s nothing to say they too won’t become a serious competition in the coming years.

For now, IndiGo will be looking to secure its number one position in the market amid all the changes. While it holds a formidable lead, things can change very quickly in the aviation industry, and IndiGo isn’t waiting around to be hit by the changes.

What do you think about the new players in the Indian market? Will they affect IndiGo’s position? Let us know in the comments!

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