Emirates launches luggage range made from upcycled aircraft interiors

Emirates luggage range made from upcycled aircraft interior materials.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Emirates is set to launch a distinctive capsule collection comprising luggage, bags, and accessories, all meticulously crafted from upcycled materials sourced from retrofitted aircraft.

Scheduled for release in 2024 through Emirates Official Stores, this limited-edition range, designed and handmade by Emirates tailors, not only captures the airline’s spirit of innovation but also reflects its ongoing commitment to sustainable practices.

A Glimpse Into the Collection

The exclusive collection boasts a diverse array of items, including suitcases, backpacks, handbags, cardholders, toiletry bags, belts, and even shoes.

Crafted in a dedicated cabin workshop at the Emirates Engineering facility in Dubai, each piece narrates a unique story of transformation, with materials sourced from the iconic Emirates A380 and 777 aircraft.

The materials used in this stylish collection have been repurposed from unexpected sources, such as aluminium headrests, leather from A380 onboard lounge couches, seatbelts, and even fur from the Captain’s seat.

From 16 retrofitted aircraft, an impressive 14,000kg of materials have already been salvaged, with the potential to recover up to 270kg of leather and 627kg of seat fabric per retrofitted aircraft as the project progresses.


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Emirates luggage range made from upcycled aircraft interior materials.
Photo Credit: Emirates

A Chance to Own a Piece of History

Given that each item is meticulously handmade to order, customers may have the opportunity to request personalized laser engraving on select bags, suitcases, or document holders.

While aviation enthusiasts can soon register their interest, it’s crucial to note that these special pieces are available in limited quantities, adding an exclusive touch to the collection.

The Art of Upcycling

The materials utilized in crafting this collection are of the highest quality, including pure leather from First Class Seats and seat fabrics made of 95% wool, alongside pure leather from the Captain’s seats.

To ensure the utmost quality, all fabrics undergo a thorough cleaning process, including laundering, hand cleaning, leather conditioning (if necessary), and disinfection before being transformed into unique pieces.

Brand new linings and functional zippers further enhance the durability and functionality of these upcycled treasures.

The Emirates Retrofit Project

At the heart of this initiative lies the Emirates Retrofit Project, the largest known fleet retrofit project initiated in August 2022.

This ambitious project aims to elevate the customer experience by upgrading the interior cabins of 120 Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

Managed by Emirates’ Engineering team, the retrofit includes the installation of nearly 4,000 Premium Economy seats, refurbishing 728 First Class suites, and upgrading over 5,000 Business Class seats with a new style and design.

Ahmed Safa, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Engineering, expresses pride in the alignment of this innovative and sustainable initiative with the airline’s broader goals.

“This initiative is a passion project for our team, and we are immensely proud of how it aligns with both our innovation and sustainability aims, and even better – that all proceeds will benefit worthy causes via the Emirates Airline Foundation.”

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