DUBAI, 2 November 2021: Emirates has signed a contract with
UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling on a pioneering initiative to upcycle and
recycle its first retired A380 aircraft, dramatically reducing the
environmental impact of the deconstruction process and reducing landfill waste.

The extensive materials recovery and repurposing activities
will be entirely conducted in the UAE, the airline’s home base, further
reducing the project’s environmental footprint.

Increasingly, retired aircraft are flown to remote locations
and left to languish after being stripped for parts. Traditional salvage and
recycling projects focus on recovering only profitable components, thereby
leaving behind a substantial portion of the aircraft and materials that go into
landfill or sit idle indefinitely for years. Also, many aircraft items can be
difficult to recycle or dispose of, for instance, fire retardant fabrics and
composite materials.

Emirates airline president Sir Tim Clark said: “We are
delighted to partner with Falcon Aircraft Recycling on this first-of-its-kind
project. That all repurposing activity will be fully executed in the UAE also
speaks to the strong aviation eco-system and capabilities that the nation has
built up in its short history. Through this initiative, our customers and fans
can take home a piece of aviation history while saving valuable materials from
landfill and contributing to a charitable cause through the Emirates Airline
Foundation. It’s an elegant and fitting retirement solution for this iconic aircraft
and our flagship.”

After completing its last commercial mission, A6-EDA, the
first A380 ever delivered to Emirates, was retired from service and brought to
the airline’s Engineering Centre, where Emirates engineers retrieved
serviceable components such as engines, landing gears and flight control
components. The aircraft was then deregistered and handed over to the Falcon
Aircraft Recycling team to begin the process of carefully breaking down the

Partnering with Wings Craft, another UAE-based firm that
specialises in producing custom furniture and merchandise from aircraft
materials, Falcon Aircraft Recycling will design and manufacture unique
collectables and retail items from the materials and parts removed from the
aircraft. These items will be launched for sale in phases over the coming

A portion of profits from the sale of all items upcycled and
recycled from Emirates’ first retired A380 will benefit the Emirates Airline

Emirates’ first A380, previously operating as A6-EDA entered commercial service on the Dubai-New York JFK on 1 August 2008.

It undertook its last commercial flight, 8 March 2020, on the route Singapore-Dubai, having completed  6,319 flights.

Falcon Aircraft Recycling

Founded in 2013, Falcon Aircraft Recycling is the first
fully accredited aircraft recycling operation in the UAE with deconstruction
programmes at Dubai Industrial City and Fujairah International Airports. 

Emirates Airline Foundation

​​​​​​​The foundation currently supports 14 projects in nine countries,  helping to improve the lives of children in need around the world regardless of geographical, political or religious boundaries.