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Travel Airbus A340-600 chopped up into coffee tables

14:10  20 september  2019
14:10  20 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Airbus 's four-engine A 340 - 600 ultra long-haul aircraft, the world's second longest passenger airplane, were first introduced nearly 20 years ago, but manufacturing on the A 340 series ceased in 2011 to make way for the more fuel efficient A350. Lufthansa was one of the A 340 's biggest operators.

The Airbus A 340 is a long-range, four-engine, wide-body commercial passenger jet airliner that was developed and produced by the European aerospace company Airbus .

The afterlife of a decommissioned airplane can take many forms nowadays.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 beim Flugtraining auf dem Flughafen Leipzig.  Foto: Rolf Bewersdorf   Lufthansa 27.11.2003 031127_A346_11 D-AIHB, Bremerhaven© Courtesy Lufthansa Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 beim Flugtraining auf dem Flughafen Leipzig. Foto: Rolf Bewersdorf Lufthansa 27.11.2003 031127_A346_11 D-AIHB, Bremerhaven

Some are dismantled and used as parts, others simply end up in aircraft graveyards, while a select few are reinvented as modern restaurants or hotels.

However, Lufthansa has gone for a rather different approach with a retired Airbus A340-600.

The German airline is giving the aircraft, identified by the registration code D-AIHO -- a fresh start as a brand new product collection.

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This Lufthansa Airbus 340 - 600 is operated in a four class configuration with 8 flat bed First Class seats, 44 flat bed seat with 180 degrees recline Business Class seats, 32 Premium Economy seats, and 213 standard Economy seats. There are additional lavatories and galleys located on the second level of

JustPlanes filming on the flightdeck of the SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS Airbus A 340 - 600 (ZS-SNE) operating SA264 from Johannesburg to Munich. After 10 hours 23

Created as part of a collaboration between Lufthansa, traveler loyalty program Miles & More GmbH and Lufthansa Technik, the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection is made from parts of the plane, which was withdrawn after 10 years of service.

Repurposing parts

The process of dismantling the 75-meter long airplane took nearly 10 weeks.© Courtesy Lufthansa The process of dismantling the 75-meter long airplane took nearly 10 weeks.

The plane's slats and side panels have been transformed into coffee tables, while a separate table has been made from two of its windows and a sheet of safety glass.

Four of its other windows were converted into two trendy wall bars, and a further 20 have been made into wall clocks.

Many are one-off items and this is clearly reflected in the prices.

The tables range from $1,550 to $3,300, while the wall bars cost between $1,327 and $1,660.

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Lufthansa First Class flight from New York (JFK) to Munich; Airbus A 340 - 600 ; LH411; Seat 2A; John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 1; Lufthansa

The A 340 - 600 is the largest-capacity member of the A 340 Family. With an overall length of 75.36 metres, and a seating capacity between 320 and 370 passengers in a typical three-class layout or 475 in high-density seating – while keeping the Airbus standard 18-inch wide seat comfort in economy

A keyring made from the plane's aluminum cladding will set you back $27.

"The special thing about the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection is that something of the aircraft's spirit can be preserved," says Sebastian Riedle, spokesperson and managing director of Miles & More GmbH.

  Airbus A340-600 chopped up into coffee tables © Courtesy Lufthansa

Second life

The Lufthansa Upcycling Collection includes a wall bar made from two of the airplane's windows.© Courtesy Lufthansa The Lufthansa Upcycling Collection includes a wall bar made from two of the airplane's windows.

"There are so many possibilities to give discarded materials a second life in a different way."

Airbus's four-engine A340-600 ultra long-haul aircraft, the world's second longest passenger airplane, were first introduced nearly 20 years ago, but manufacturing on the A340 series ceased in 2011 to make way for the more fuel efficient A350. Lufthansa was one of the A340's biggest operators.

The airline's 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."

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This Lufthansa Airbus 340 - 600 is operated in a four class configuration with 8 flat bed First Class seats, 56 angled flat Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats, and 189 standard Economy seats. There are additional lavatories located on the second level of this aircraft.

Airbus A 340 - 600 (346) Layout 1. As other reviewers have commented its nice to be in a small self contained section. However, in light to moderate chop be aware you are at the back of the aircraft, so the whole section does quite a shimmy from side to side that can be annoying at best and nausea

Even the plane's safety cards have been recycled and used to reinforce the bottom of upcycled wash bags.

It took nearly 10 weeks to dismantle the 75-meter long airplane into pieces small enough to create the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection.

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.

  Airbus A340-600 chopped up into coffee tables © Courtesy Lufthansa

Repurposing aircraft parts as quality goods is getting increasingly popular as the airline industry moves towards becoming more eco-friendly.

Airbus released a line of furniture and home accessories made from upcycled aircraft parts via online shop A Piece of Sky earlier this year.

In 2018, luxury watch company Bremont, which makes timepieces for pilots, marked the 50th anniversary of Concorde by launching a limited edition timepiece, the Bremont Supersonic, which incorporated parts of the decommissioned aircraft.

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