Lufthansa up­cy­cles plane parts for new life­style col­lec­tion

The line has fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories made from a de­com­mis­sioned A340-600

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Lufthansa has un­veiled its ‘up­cyling col­lec­tion’, a range of life­style ac­ces­sories and home fur­ni­ture made from scrap air­plane parts. The Ger­man car­rier com­mis­sioned prod­uct de­sign­ers and re­cy­cling ex­perts to sus­tain­ably re­use the de­funct parts left over af­ter re­tir­ing its Air­bus A340-600 D-AIHO ear­lier this year.

A spe­cial­ist com­pany has been dis­man­tling the de­com­mis­sioned Lufthansa Air­bus A340-600 D-AHIO for al­most 10 weeks in Teruel, Spain, to a stage where the in­di­vid­ual parts could be fur­ther pro­cessed into an en­tire range of lim­ited-edi­tion travel ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture. The de­sign­ers were on site to se­lect parts for the col­lec­tion.

For ex­am­ple, un­usual pieces of fur­ni­ture were man­u­fac­tured from large el­e­ments of the air­craft fuse­lage or the win­dow fronts. Alu­minium cladding was used to make key rings. Busi­ness class blan­kets, head­rest cov­ers and safety cards were turned into bags and back­packs. Part of Lufthansa’s fleet from 2006 to 2016, the Air­bus A340-600 D-AHIO was the long­est pas­sen­ger air­craft in the world at the time.

The avi­a­tion in­dus­try has been re­cy­cling var­i­ous air­craft ma­te­ri­als and parts — from car­bon fi­bre com­pos­ites to alu­minium and tex­tiles for other uses. Ac­cord­ing to the Air­craft Fleet Re­cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion (AFRA), up to 85% of an air­craft is re­cy­cled.

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