From June 23 to 25, nearly 500 elements of the A380 MSN13, deconstructed in 2021, will be offered for sale in Toulouse.
A cabin crew seat, a trolley, a lamp and even the cockpit escape rope… Here is all that you can acquire during a auction of A380 parts.
From June 23 to 25, nearly 500 items will be offered during this sale organized by auctioneer Marc Labarbe in Toulouse and which will take place face-to-face and remotely, explains Airbus in a press release. Most of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Airbus Foundation, which finances humanitarian initiatives, the rest to the AIRitage association, which works to protect aeronautical heritage.
“A tribute paid” to the A380
Almost all of the parts that buyers can afford come from the A380 MSN13. This aircraft, which entered service on October 23, 2008, carried up to 489 passengers in a three-class configuration. It was finally deconstructed in 2021 by the company Tarmac Aerosave, which specializes in the sustainable management of the end of life of aircraft. Other parts, such as business class seats, were taken from different A380s. “This auction is a tribute to this device. It is indeed this program that has allowed Airbus to become what it is today.explains Airbus, which however ensures that its very jumbo will continue to be in service “for decades on multiple roads around the world”.
3.5 million euros for the sale of Concorde parts
This is not the first time that such an auction has been organised. In 2016 in particular, 1000 lots, including menus illustrated by Christian Lacroix and Raymond Moretti, a tire, a pair of chairs or a washbasin from the Concorde had been offered by Marc Labarbe in Toulouse. A few years earlier in 2003, Christie’s auction of parts of the legendary supersonic had raised € 3.5 million.