The fuselage of an iconic Airbus A380 was auctioned last week for a whopping $50,000 (50,768 euros).
It was just part of a total of 500 Emirates A380 aircraft that were auctioned in Toulouse, France, between October 13 and 15. NZ Herald reports.
Although the event was held in Toulouse, the parts were bid globally by aviation enthusiasts who participated online.
All proceeds from the sale of A380 equipment – including cockpit hardware, seats and life jackets – are donated to charity. The bar was originally going to sell for just under $30,000 (€30,460).
In a preview of the auction, aviation blog The Points Guy wrote that the aircraft bar is “quite an object to display and talk about while entertaining guests, especially when it comes to AvGeeks.”
Cockpit throttles and joysticks used to control the “Queen of the Skies” were sold, as were drinks trolleys from the plane’s cabin.
Life jackets from the plane were sold for nearly $350, but table lamps, airplane seats and an emergency evacuation ax were also looted from the public.
Other lucky bidders purchased rows of three economy seats, engine fan blades and the crew’s cockpit microphone.
The money generated goes to the Airbus Foundation, which runs humanitarian, youth and sustainability projects worldwide.
The plane that was auctioned was one of 88 “super jumbos” owned by Emirates airline.
The first maiden flight was on April 27, 2005, and the first long-haul flight was from Dubai to Auckland in 2010. The aircraft was officially withdrawn from service at the start of the pandemic after 12 years of service.
The aircraft manufacturer said in a statement: “Proceeds from this auction will help the Airbus Foundation to continue to support charitable initiatives worldwide, utilizing an international network of employees, associations and other organizations and supporting projects of general interest.”
The ship weighed 560 tons and could accommodate almost twice as many passengers as the Boeing 777 due to its two levels.
The auction took place at auction house Marc Labarbe International, which described the aircraft as “an aviation icon and the first new aircraft of the 21st century”.
Bidding on iconic travel memorabilia is nothing new: In 2018, Heathrow Airport auctioned the contents of Terminal 1with baggage carousels, seating and check-in desks all going under the hammer.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, a former British Airways Jumbo jet bought for £1 has been transformed into a ‘party plane’ in the Cotswolds.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/iconic-airbus-a380-plane-bar-sells-at-auction-for-over-50000-42078575.html Iconic Airbus A380 aircraft bar auctioned for over €50,000