LifestyleAirlines transforming old planes into bags and suitcases. A novel idea

Airlines transforming old planes into bags and suitcases. A novel idea

From old fabrics and other materials that make up the interior of planes, bags and suitcases are created.
From old fabrics and other materials that make up the interior of planes, bags and suitcases are created.
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1:04 PM EST, November 14, 2023

An intriguing concept has been hatched by one of the airlines. They have commissioned the creation of travel accessories, such as bags, suitcases, backpacks, belts, and wallets, crafted from decommissioned airplane equipment.

Emirates is launching a limited-edition series of luggage and accessories fashioned from salvaged airplane interiors. All accessories have been manufactured from materials procured from modernized airplanes.

Exclusive "Reclaimed" Collection

This exclusive collection comprises a variety of suitcases, backpacks, bags, wallets, cosmetic bags, belts, and even shoes. All items have been thoughtfully designed and produced by Emirates' tailors. Sales are projected to commence by 2024 and all proceeds will benefit the Emirates Airlines Foundation, which supports children-oriented initiatives. Selected bags and accessories will also be showcased at the Emirates booth during the Dubai Airshow at DWC from November 13 to 17.

Materials for this unusual collection are sourced from the Emirates A380 and 777 airplanes. Various components, such as aluminum headrests, leather from lounge sofas, safety belts, and even the captain's seat fur have been repurposed into bags and suitcases. Over 30,865 pounds of materials have already been reclaimed from 16 refurbished airplanes. There are plans to further process and utilize an additional 595 pounds of leather and 1,381 pounds of fabric from each modernized airplane.

Each item is custom-made and available to order, allowing customers to personalize their bags, suitcases, or document cases. Aviation enthusiasts and aficionados of unique items can soon register on the Emirates Store to express their interest, as the products will only be available in limited quantities.

Washing, Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sewing

All the materials used to craft the accessories are first washed and meticulously hand-cleaned, the leather is conditioned, and everything is disinfected thoroughly. New linings are added to the bags and suitcases, with functional zippers incorporated as well.

Emirates employs a 14-member team of tailors, officially known as maintenance engineering assistants, who are responsible for repairing and sewing any interior damage in the Emirates fleet. Four of these tailors have temporarily been reassigned from their regular duties and are currently focused on the recycling campaign. They are tasked with developing concepts for repurposing various materials.

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