Parts Of The First Airbus A380 To Be Sold For Charity

Parts of the first Airbus A380 to enter passenger service are to be auctioned to raise money for…

Parts Of The First Airbus A380 To Be Sold For Charity

Parts of the first Airbus A380 to enter passenger service are to be auctioned to raise money for charity. Aviationtag will sell ten of its tags made from the skin of 9V-SKA to raise funds for the victims of Germany’s catastrophic floods earlier this month.

Aviationtag is auctioning parts of the first Airbus A380 to be retired for charity. Photo: Aviationtag

The hobby of collecting pieces of planes has been growing in recent years. The sudden retirement of many iconic planes has partially driven this. However, now the process of selling such items has been given new meaning, as Aviationtag and boardbar are looking to sell such products to raise money for a good cause.

Ten tags available

When Aviationtag revealed that it was selling 7,000 tags made from the skin of the first passenger Airbus A380, the interest was understandably huge. The tags sold out faster than you can say Aviationtag, but it seems as though a couple weren’t sold after all. Specifically serial numbers 6,991 through 7,000.

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The pieces are pretty unique. While most are the plain white of the Singapore Airlines livery, each tag is cut from a part of the skin that says “Cut Here In Emergency” in big red lettering. The most sought-after of these is expected to be the one with serial number 7,000. While bidding started at €1 last night, it was already up to €700 with nine days left at the time of writing. The auction will last for ten days, ending between 17:13 and 19:21 (CET) on August 8th. The items can be found on eBay here.

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Ten tags, each containing emergency instructions, are being auctioned. Photo: Aviationtag

Together, the tags are already worth roughly €3,000, while a brand new aircraft catering trolley has a current bid of €805. The sale of the tags won’t benefit Aviationtags. Half of the money spent will be donated to the NRW Hilft campaign, while the remaining half will be given to the district of Ahrweiler. Ahrweiler was hit badly by the floods that have so far killed 177 in Germany.

About the aircraft

As mentioned, the tags came from 9V-SKA. This was the first Airbus A380 to be delivered to an airline and the first to retire. The aircraft took its first flight on May 7th, 2006. It was then given to Singapore Airlines on October 15th, 2007. It was the third A380 to be built and ended up being retired in 2017 after just ten years in service, according to data from ch-aviation.com.

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The Airbus A380 was the first of its type to be scrapped. Photo: Aviationtag.com

Not the only aviation company helping out

Aviationtag and boardbar aren’t the only aviation company helping out those who have lost everything due to the floods. Earlier this week, Boeing revealed that it would donate €500,000 to the American Red Cross to help with flood relief. The company contributed to help during Australia’s wildfires and gave more than €240,000 to German communities last year.

What do you make of Aviationtag’s charity sale? How much money do you think will be raised? Let us know what you think and why in the comments below!

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A Single European Sky Would Cut easyJet’s Emissions By 15%

The Single European Sky has been an issue that has rumbled on for more than two decades. With…

A Single European Sky Would Cut easyJet’s Emissions By 15%

The Single European Sky has been an issue that has rumbled on for more than two decades. With climate change the most pressing challenge facing Europe’s airlines, progress on this issue could see the goal of net zero by 2050 rapidly accelerated. Conservative estimates suggest the airspace change could lead to a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions. For low-cost easyJet, this could be more like 15%.

The Single European Sky would save 15% of easyJet’s carbon emissions. Photo: Getty Images.

The importance of a Single European Sky

The transition towards net zero by 2050 could be rapidly accelerated through the implementation of one key piece of legislation. The Single European Sky would eliminate the invisible borders in the air above Europe, opening the airspace and removing the inefficiencies currently impacting every single flight that passes through this territory.

In doing so, European airlines would instantly see a significant impact on their carbon emissions. Speaking exclusively with Simple Flying, easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren noted the importance of a Single European Sky to easyJet alone. He said,

“We can get there, but it involves a number of things, including some things that sit outside our control. The introduction of the Single European Sky, as an example. We know that if that was introduced today, at easyJet, just on our network, we would see a reduction of carbon emissions of 15% … This is a political decision that can take place right now.”

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Lundgren highlights the savings possible if the SES is introduced. Photo: Getty Images

Lundgren’s comments were an echo of those of Willie Walsh at IATA’s Media Days event last month. The new Director General spoke vehemently about the lack of progress on this issue, saying,

“We see this quite frankly as a scandal … We need politicians to step up and address this issue. This is not a technology issue. This is a lack of political will to address it. It’s well documented on a conservative basis that CO2 from operations in Europe, aviation in Europe, could be reduced by 10%.”

Walsh noted that there is no technological impediment to pushing through this change. Indeed, airlines in Europe have already invested in the technology onboard to effectively operate in a Single European Sky.

Fragmented Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) mean when there is a problem at one, such as the French ATC strikes in 2018, flights are forced to take longer, less efficient routes. Photo: Airlines 4 Europe

The lack of progress on this issue, which has been kicked around for more than two decades, has received widespread criticism from airline bosses from all corners of the industry. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary commented at a recent Eurocontrol HardTalk session,

“It’s one of the great failures of the European Union that a Single European Sky has gone nowhere in 20 years. It’s just a talking shop.”

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Commitment from policymakers needed

While frustration remains over the lack of progress on the Single European Sky, there is much to be proud of in terms of aviation’s commitment to a sustainable future. As chair of Airlines 4 Europe (A4E), Lungren has been heavily involved in the development of the ‘Destination 2050’ plan. This outlines the steps required for aviation to meet its 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Lungren said,

“Destination 2050 is something we all should be immensely proud of. This is the first time that a group of airlines in any continent on this planet has actually come together to commit itself to net zero by 2050. And this is not a document that was just made by the airlines. This is academic research.”

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Destination 2050 has outlined a pathway to net zero in European aviation. Photo: Airlines 4 Europe

Destination 2050 has provided a framework that really outlines how the aviation industry can get from where it is now to where it needs to be. Now, the stakeholders need to affix a timeline to that framework to commit to making the right changes at the right time. For that, they need not only a commitment from the industry, but also from the policymakers and decision-makers that influence the industry.

Nevertheless, Lundgren remains positive that the goal will be reached. He said,

“It won’t happen unless the support and engagement is there from everyone in this industry, and also the people who affect this industry. But I am optimistic because I think everybody has set themselves up to say that this is something that we will manage and we will get through. And when we do that, we know we can make it work.”

Of the short and medium-term actions, the actions that reap the biggest benefits are in the hands of policymakers. Photo: Airlines 4 Europe

The airline industry has taken the first step to creating a roadmap towards a lower carbon future. But to achieve the goals outlined in that roadmap, it needs political support too. Taxation is the stick that is used to beat airlines towards carbon compliance, but unless the income from this is used to subsidize new technologies and infrastructure, it is a stick with no purpose.

What the industry needs now is fewer sticks and more carrots. Every airline under the A4E umbrella has committed to a more sustainable future already – no more beatings are required. Now, politicians need to put their money where their mouth is and start incentivizing R&D, subsidizing businesses that are investing in the right decisions, and making this behemoth of a transition as seamless as possible.

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