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Lufthansa Upcycling Collection Gives Retired Aircraft a ‘Second Life’

A coffee table made from the slat, key rings from the aircraft skin and a briefcase made out of business class blankets are some of the designer items that the Lufthansa WorldShop is now offering under the name of Lufthansa Upcycling Collection.

Created in collaboration with Lufthansa, Miles & More and Lufthansa Technik, the exclusive product series is manufactured by renowned designers from parts of a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 D-AIHO that is no longer part of the fleet, as well as from discarded interior materials.

After more than ten years in service for Lufthansa, the decommissioned Airbus was professionally dismantled in Teruel, Spain, within ten weeks. During this time, the designers and the Miles & More purchasing team were on site to inspect the aircraft and select parts for the collection themselves.

Collectors can now look forward to the high retro factor of individual products: Some still have the logo with the yellow crane that has been used for decades. In addition, each element of the collection is unique and tells its own story.

“The world of flying has a very special fascination for many people. Foreign countries, the lively hustle and bustle at airports, big airplanes – all this immerses people in a unique world and many fans would like to take a part of this into everyday life… There are so many possibilities to give discarded materials a second life in a different way,” said Miles & More GmbH Spokesperson and Managing Director Sebastian Riedle.

Miles & More GmbH operates the online shops and with over 3,000 selected products from more than 200 premium brands, the stationary Lufthansa WorldShop and SWISS Shop Stores at selected airports, and is responsible for on board sales for Lufthansa and SWISS.

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