Visiting the inflight bar and lounge of an Emirates A380 superjumbo is one of the most indulgent pleasures of flying with the Gulf airline.
Now, imagine if you could have one of these very bars in your home or office?
Not a replica, but an actual Emirates A380 bar that has chalked up tens of thousands of miles in the sky, hosting business and first class travellers from all corners of the globe.
Airbus is putting one of these iconic bars under the hammer on Friday 14 October as it auctions off more than 500 items from a decommissioned Emirates A380 superjumbo flown by the airline from 2008 to 2021.
The bar is expected to fetch up to €30,000; delivery to your home or office is not included, but we can only imagine how stunning this would look once it’s installed, dressed up with LED lighting and fully-stocked with your selection of top-shelf spirits, wines and of course Champagne.
To complete the setting, Airbus is also listing the curved lounges which flanked the bar at the rear of the A380’s upper deck (a steal at €3,000).
If you don’t have the space or the budget for the bar itself, there’s also a series of A380 trolleys which would make fine drinks carts, with several painted by artists – these are tipped to go for €300-€500 (substantially more than those Qantas Boeing 747 drinks trolleys which the airline sold off in late 2020).
Also up for grabs: everything from rows of seats, handrails, lamps, windows, and bassinets, through to more eccentric items such as overhead luggage bins and even an entire staircase, plus orange jumpsuits worn by A380 test pilots.
There are even ‘upcycled’ items made from parts of the A380, including skateboards and surfboards.
The Emirates A380 auction extravaganza spans three days, from Thursday October 13 Central European Standard Time) to Saturday October 15, and will be held at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, with online bidding to bring those superjumbo souvenir to eager buyers around the world.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Airbus Foundation, which works to provide humanitarian assistance, youth programs and sustainable initiatives around the world.
Some funds will also go to the AIRitage Association which celebrates the history of aviation by preserving old aircraft and inflight exhibits.