Emirates has today introduced ‘Aircrafted by Emirates’, a limited edition collection of luggage and travel accessories fashioned from upcycled materials from the airline’s retrofitted aircraft.
On Thursday (November 9, 2023), Emirates announced the launch of ‘Aircrafted by Emirates’ a unique, limited edition collection of luggage, bags and travel accessories, all fashioned from upcycled materials collected from the airline’s retrofitted aircraft. The Aircrafted by Emirates range features a selection of suitcases, backpacks, handbags, cardholders, toiletry bags, belts and shoes. All items have been designed and handmade by Emirates’ 14 tailors, officially known as Engineering Maintenance Assistants, in a dedicated cabin workshop at the carrier’s engineering facility in Dubai. Scheduled for sale in Emirates Official Stores in 2024, all proceeds will be donated to children in need via the Emirates Airline Foundation.
In Thursday’s announcement, Emirates’ Divisional SVP for Engineering, Ahmed Safa, said,
“At Emirates, we are committed to constantly evolving our sustainability efforts, and looking at every aspect of our products and supply chain. We knew these materials could be given a second life, because they are originally of very high quality. We challenged our team to be as creative and innovative as possible, and here we are, with our own accessories workshop in Emirates Engineering Centre! 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.”
A selection of bags and accessories from the upcycled line will be on display at the Dubai Airshow 2023 from November 13th through 17th at the Emirates stand. All materials used to create the distinctive collection have come from the airline’s iconic A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Some surprising materials that have been upcycled including aluminum from headrests, leather for couched in the A380 onboard lounge, seatbelts, and even fur from the Captain’s seat. Emirates Engineering has already recovered over 14,000 kg of materials from 16 retrofitted aircraft and has plans to recover up to 270 kg of leather and 627 kg of seat fabric per retrofitted jet.
Each of the bespoke pieces in the Aircrafted by Emirates collection are handmade to order, and customers may request personalized laser engraving on some exclusive, one-of-a-kind bags, suitcases or document holders. Materials include pure leather from First Class seats, 95 percent wool seat fabrics, and leather from the Captain’s seats. All fabrics are freshly laundered and then deep cleaned by hand, while leather is conditioned, if required. Everything is thoroughly disinfected before being sewn into the unique pieces, and new linings and functional zippers are added to the bags.