Lufthansa has unveiled its second collection of products made from aircraft parts, giving its decommissioned A320 a new lease of life.
The Upcycling Collection 2.0 is a follow-up to last year’s début project, which featured products made from a retired A340-600. This year, product designers were entrusted with crafting unique pieces from the carrier’s decommissioned Airbus 320 D-AIPA following its 29 years of service.
The “Papa Alpha” (its nickname derived from the D-AIPA registration code) was delivered to Lufthansa in 1989 and became the first Airbus aircraft operated by the carrier. Now, it will live on in a 21-piece collection of furniture, accessories and sculptures.
Highlights include coffee tables made from the aircraft’s speed brake and landing flaps; ‘wall bars’ created from the aircraft skin and windows; and a freestanding bar crafted from the cabin door, of which only four were made (thus explaining its £7,010 price tag).
The most coveted products will be the coffee tables made from the aircraft’s wingtip fences, and the slat sideboards, with only two of each available for purchase.
“Every piece has a story to tell, has flown tens of thousands of kilometres and has been through storms, lightning and hail,” said Stefan Wolf, deputy head of the A320 fleet in Frankfurt.
The collection also sees the return of favourites from last year’s range, including aviation tag keyrings made from the A320 fuselage.
The sustainable collection is available from the Lufthansa World Shop. There are also plans for a third iteration of the collection in the pipeline, with the upcoming retirement of the A320 Papa Charlie.