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Tags made from retired A380 parts go on sale

23 Feb 2020 by BusinessTraveller
A380 tag

A German company which turns retired aircraft parts into small purchasable tags has introduced a new icon of the skies to its product line – the Airbus A380.

Aviationtag said the first batch of 1.5 by 3.5-inch tags, made from Singapore Airlines’ 9V-SKA, sold out within 48 hours.

The aircraft was both the first A380 to enter service and the first to be retired.

Aviation enthusiasts wanting a piece of the superjumbo will get another chance, with pre-orders for Singapore Airlines’ 9V-SKB currently available for 27.95.

Airbus announced in 2019 that all production of the A380 will end by 2021, and airlines are planning the retirement of the aircraft from their fleets.

Cologne-based Aviationtag has been producing aviation-themed collector’s items since 2006, and in 2015 began ‘upcycling’ retired planes.

Its sells a variety of handmade tags made from “original aircraft skin”, including a KLM B747, a Delta B757 and an Iberia A320.

Upcycling is an increasingly popular way of giving old aircraft a new life.

Airbus and Lufthansa have both released furniture collections made from aircraft parts, while Delta and Norwegian have turned old uniforms and seats into bags and travel kits.

Elizabeth Pridgeon 

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