Airbus is all set to auction 500 parts from a retired A380 in October, hoping to entice bids from enthusiasts of the superjumbo. The A380 was used by Emirates with registration A6-EDB but was retired in October 2020 and scrapped in October 2021.
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.
Numerous travellers and aviation enthusiasts adore the iconic Airbus A380. In the past, there has been intense interest when scrapped aircraft parts have gone on sale, and sold-out signs have appeared quickly. The upcoming Airbus auction is probably going to follow the same pattern as the others so far.
Next month Airbus will hold a three-day action from Thursday, October 13 to Saturday, October 15. The auction will take place in person in Toulouse and online at Interencheres.com. Most of the parts in the auction have been taken from an Emirates Airbus A380, which shows in the lots on offer.
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.
All sorts of aircraft parts are included in the listing. While most parts come from A6-EDB, some come from elsewhere in the Airbus A380 program.
Emirates first class suite Do Not Disturb signs, Overhead bins, Fuselage side panels, A380 Cabin rescue axes, Engine fan blades, Cockpit rescue rope, Toilet bowl and seat, Cockpit staircase, Economy and crew seats are some of the parts which are going to be auctioned.
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.
A6-EDB was the 13th Airbus A380 to be built by Airbus, taking its first flight on April 2, 2008. Emirates took delivery of the jet on October 24 of that year, making it the second to join the Dubai-based carrier.
According to ch-aviation.com data, the aircraft completed 46,917 hours of flight, equivalent to 5,35 years in the skies. During this time, the plane completed 5,699 flight cycles.
According to FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft’s final passenger flight was EK865 from Muscat to Dubai International Airport on February 23, 2020. This is Emirates’ shortest Airbus A380 route.
The aircraft’s last flight took place on October 27, 2020. A seven-hour flight took the plane to Tarbes, a Tarmac Aerosave facility in the south of France. The aircraft had been scrapped by October 2021.