Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture

Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

Disposing of an aircraft weighing hundreds of tonnes isn't easy, but German airline Lufthansa is keeping to its ethos of being busy and organised by turning old airplanes into household items.

Most retired aircraft are parked in aviation graveyards around the world - one located in Tucson, Arizona has over 4400 of them parked at it.

Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

But Lufthansa has 'upcycled' an entire A340-600 aircraft by turning it into a limited edition range of products.

Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

How big is an A340?
 

  • At the time of its launch, the Airbus model was the longest passenger aircraft in the world at a length of 75.5m. A whopping 92 percent of its length have now been recycled for the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection
  • They can carry around 380 passengers
  • It has a wingspan of 63m
Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

The task of turning the former airliner into items such as key tags and coffee tables wasn't easy - it took 10 weeks just go get the aircraft dismantled into sizes that could be easily worked on by design and construction teams.

Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

Sustainability is a relatively new issue for airlines, not only in terms of responsibility, but it now plays a massive part in the public's perception of their brands.

One man's trash...
 

  • Over 35,000 key tags were created using 250 square metres of aluminium 
  • Heated Pillow
  • Gym Bags
  • Messenger backpack
  • Picnic blanket
  • Coffee table
  • Toiletries bag
  • Messenger bag
  • Flying coffee table
  • Aircraft window whisky bar
  • Glass coffee table
  • Window wall clock
Lufthansa turning old planes into furniture
Photo credit: Lufthansa

Most of the premium one-off products have already sold out, but if you think Lufthansa's trash may be your treasure - there are still some items available to buy from the airline's website.

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