Airbus has set the date for an auction of 500 parts from a retired A380, hoping to entice bids from enthusiasts of the superjumbo.
The manufacturer is auctioning off items including lamps, the bar, stairs, handrails, trolleys, seats, paddles, and “even the cockpit rescue rope” from MSN13, which entered service in 2008.
The A380 was used by Emirates with registration A6-EDB but was retired in 2020 and scrapped in 2021.
Airbus announced plans to sell off the parts earlier this year, stating the auction would take place in June 2022. However, on June 3, 2022, it announced that the auction would take place on October 13, 14 and 15, 2022.
The auction will be held in Toulouse and online by auctioneer Marc Labarbe, with proceeds going to the Airbus Foundation and the AIRitage association. The aircraft was deconstructed by TARMAC Aerosave, which was set up by Airbus, Safran and Suez, and aims for a recovery rate of more than 90% of an aircraft.
It’s not the only Emirates A380 being broken up that enthusiasts can get their hands on. The carrier announced in November 2021 that it was teaming up with Falcon Aircraft Recycling to transform parts and materials from aircraft A6-EDA into furniture and other memorabilia.