Lufthansa upcycles plane parts for new lifestyle collection
The line has furniture and accessories made from a decommissioned A340-600
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.