Lufthansa WorldShop has upcycled a retired Airbus A340-600 D-AIHO into lim-ited-edition lifestyle and design products. On board the first Lufthansa Upcycling Col-lection: 35,000 Aviationtags by bordbar.
It took almost 10 weeks for the Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 D-AHIO to be dismantled to a stage where the individual parts could be further processed into an entire range of strictly limited-edition travel accessories and furniture. At the time of its launch, the Airbus was the longest passenger aircraft in the world at a length of 75.5 meters – 92 percent of these 75.5 meters have now been recycled for the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection, ready to start a new life in a new format.
Sustainability, upcycling and the idea of giving old aircraft components a new purpose are second nature to bordbar, the company says. In the scope of its long-standing partnership with Lufthansa, countless aircraft trolleys have already been transformed into designer furniture – and the fuselage of a Boeing 747 into a highly successful Aviationtag edition. The first Lufthansa Upcycling Collection also has 35,000 Aviationtags on board. This includes old parts of the outer skin of the Airbus A340-600 D-AHIO being dismantled and cut to size at the bordbar manufactory in Cologne until they could be punched into the typical Aviationtag shape and then polished, before finally undergoing precise laser engraving. Each of the strictly limited-edition Aviationtags now features the aircraft type, aircraft registration number, edition number, edition size and, of course, the Lufthansa logo with its iconographic crane.
250 square meters of aluminum fairing from the Airbus A340-600 D-AHIO are now ready to start their new life as a key or luggage tag – and as collector’s items. Aviationtag says a good share of their clientele are “true-blue aviation enthusiasts.” The company says they enjoy “transforming a retired aircraft into collector’s items with emotional and practical value – that is the very definition of sustainability.”
This Airbus A340-600 D-AHIO edition is available exclusively at Lufthansa WorldShop’s airport stores and online shop.