Airbus is auctioning around 500 items which were part of a very special A380 on October 13, 14 and 15 to support the Airbus Foundation. The auction, which will be held at the global aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France and online, will give everyone a chance to own a piece of authentic A380, an aircraft which opened a new standard in aviation.
The proceeds of the auction will go to the Airbus Foundation which provides support to several charitable initiatives around the world, and AIRitage association. If you ever wished to own a part of the A380, then this is your chance. The items up for grab at the auction have been placed in three lots.
If you are in some another country and can’t fly to the offline location to be part of the auction, then you can bid for the item of your choice online.
“Airbus is giving you the opportunity to own an authentic piece of the A380, the iconic legend that continues to demonstrate its extraordinary feat of engineering, technology and exceptional passenger experience,” the airline company said.
Lamps, the bar, stairs, handrails, trolleys, seats, paddles, and even the cockpit rescue rope are some of the items from the aircraft which will be offered to enthusiasts at an auction to be held in Toulouse and on the Internet, under the hammer of Maître Labarbe.
The A380 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport on its maiden flight on 27 April 2005. This global event, which remains etched in our collective memory, marked the beginning of a real love affair between this exceptional aircraft and people around the world.
Some of the items of A380 have been turned into majestic artworks. “Airbus had invited artists to claim one or more of the A380 parts that will be auctioned in October,” the airline said.
Almost all the parts headed for auction come from the A380 MSN13. This aircraft, which entered service on 23 October 2008, carried up to 489 passengers in a three-class configuration. Other parts, such as the business class seats, have been taken from different A380 aircraft.