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 that has opened up a new standard in aviation.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Airbus Foundation, which supports several charitable initiatives around the world, and to the AIRitage association. If you’ve ever wished you owned part of the A380, then this is your chance. The items up for grabs at the auction have been divided into three lots.
If you are in another country and cannot go to the offline location to participate in the auction, you can bid on the item of your choice online.
“Airbus gives 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 said.
The lamps, the bar, the stairs, the handrails, the trolleys, the seats, the paddles or even the cockpit rescue rope are some of the elements of the plane that will be offered to enthusiasts during a sale to auction to be held in Toulouse and on the Internet, under the hammer of Maître Labarbe.
The A380 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport for its maiden flight on April 27, 2005. This global event, which remains engraved in our collective memory, marked the beginning of a true love story between this aircraft of exception and the peoples of the world.
Certain elements of the A380 have been transformed into majestic works of art. “Airbus had invited artists to claim one or more of the A380 parts that will be auctioned in October,” the airline said.
Almost all of the parts for auction come from the A380 MSN13. This aircraft, which entered service on October 23, 2008, carried up to 489 passengers in a three-class configuration. Other parts, such as business class seats, were taken from different A380s.