In 2019, Lufthansa Airlines recognized the opportunity to create unique products using the high-quality materials from their cabins and aircraft, not to mention the environmental benefits in recycling these materials and so, the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection was born.
The airline commissioned product designers and recycling experts to sustainably reuse materials from a decommissioned A340-600 to create unique aviation themed products.
Fans of the German airline can enjoy finely detailed accessories and exclusive lifestyle furnishings which include coffee tables made of the plane’s slats, a wall bar made of the aircraft windows and a keyring made from the plane’s aluminum cladding.
Many are one-off items, which is reflected in the pricing. The tables range from $1,550 to $3,300, while the wall bars cost between $1,327 and $1,660.
The airlines design team have also made good use of the aircraft’s exterior, creating briefcases and backpacks from business class blankets and headrest covers branded with its now defunct logo, which were “much too valuable to throw away.”
Approximately 92% of the original aircraft, which was the world’s longest passenger aircraft at the time of its launch, was recycled for the project.
The products are available to buy online at Lufthansa’s WorldShop. Customers in the US can pick up their desired product when they arrive or transfer at Frankfurt Airport or Munich Airport thanks to the WorldShop Airport Delivery service.
Lufthansa cabins are full of high-quality materials. Even the outer skin is made of extremely durable materials. They’re much too valuable to throw away – it would be better to reuse them. That’s good for the environment and also offers an unparalleled chance to create unique products with a link to aviation and to our company. That’s how the idea for our brand-new Lufthansa Upcycling Collection was born.
We commissioned product designers and recycling experts to sustainably reuse the original materials. Their creativity was given free rein, and that paid off in the end result. You’ll love the finely detailed accessories and exclusive lifestyle furnishings with their irresistibly stylish design and functional elegance. Something of the spirit of the recycled materials lives on in each of our upcycled products.