As an environmentally friendly alternative of dealing with waste, Etihad Airways has partnered with local designers to up-cycle obsolete aircraft cabin interiors into pieces of art.

Some of the old aircraft parts that local artists Azza Al Qubaisi and Christine Wilson have used to design art installations for Etihad Airways are carpet and fabric rolls, emergency equipment, sidewalls and windows, and economy and business class seats.

Abu Dhabi-based Emirati sculptor Azza Al Qubaisi’s first art piece has used seat floor mounting rails as a building motif to create symmetric geometric formations that can be displayed free standing or suspended from the ceiling.

Christine Wilson, an emerging artist from Ireland who is now based in Dubai, has used aircraft curtains, wall panels, life jackets and cabin interiors to design a multidimensional up-cycled art piece to encapsulate a textural zeitgeist of Etihad.

“By collaborating with artists from the local community, our goal is to not only showcase talent within the region, but to further encourage sustainable innovation that’s good for the environment,” says Terry Daly, executive director guest experience, brand and marketing at Etihad.

Etihad is displaying the art pieces at Etihad headquarters and hopes to commission similar work in the future.