Wednesday, 19 February 2020

You could have part of the first Airbus A380 in your pocket soon!

The first-ever A380 to enter scheduled service
and also the first-ever to be retired is
now available as a new edition of especially rare Aviationtags

Photo Aviationtags

On 25 October 2007, the largest and heaviest commercial airliner that had ever flown on this planet took to the skies, the legendary Airbus A380 with the manufacturer serial number MSN003. It was the first of some 240 A380s now in existence to enter scheduled service with passengers onboard, flying from Singapore to Sydney for Singapore Airlines as flight number SQ380. The four pilots, 26 crew members and exactly 455 passengers must have been very aware that on this flight they were witnessing a historic event. The tickets sold for record prices, with one passenger paying over 100,000 US dollars for a First-Class cabin measuring a little under three square metres. For a decade, the jumbo Airbus spanned the globe for Singapore Airlines until it was finally retired at the airport in Tarbes, France, also the first-ever A380 to have this distinction.

In January 2020, the plane was finally dismantled and a large part of the 560 tons of material was successfully recycled or reused. This week a very special edition of Aviationtags has been released made from the fuselage of the MSN003, just a few weeks after the plane was dismantled. And while the aircraft registered as 9V-SKA made its second scheduled service landing by autopilot, the Aviationtags were crafted by hand. 

Parts of the outer skin have been cut to the tag shape, polished and laser engraving was then the final step in this wonderful upcycling process. Each of the strictly limited-edition Aviationtags sports the aircraft type, aircraft registration number, edition number and size. 

Each Aviationtag may differ in thickness, colour and structure from other serial numbers and is unique. The engraved data can even be used to locate registered users and the firm also offers a lost and found service on its website.

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