AVIATIONTAG Airbus A330 - B-HLB - White (Dragonair)
Aviationtag have been taking original airplane parts off from what were once real-life airliners and turning them into premium, one-of-a-kind designer and collector’s items since as far back as 2006. In 2015, Aviationtag had the idea of making the world a little bit better by upcycling scrapped airplanes into special 'Aviationtags'. Alongside commercial planes like the Boeing 747 or the Airbus A340, they have also given historical aircraft like the DC-3 “candy bomber” a second life as an Aviationtag.
The Aviationtags themselves are 100% authentic original airplane skin. The origin of the material can be traced back seamlessly all the way to when the plane was first sold for scrap.
Airbus A330: The Airbus A330 is a wide-bodied twin-engine aircraft produced by the European aircraft maker Airbus, designed as a medium or long-haul aircraft and developed to replace the A300-600R and to give the Boeing 767-300ER a run for its money.
The A330-300 entered service on January 16th 1994 after 420 test flights with more than 1,100 flight hours. The A330-300 is based on a longer A300 cabin with new wings, stabilisers and fly-by-wire systems.
The Airbus A330-300 sporting registration B-HLB had called Hong Kong its home since its maiden flight in February 1995. The aircraft originally registered as VR-HLB with the manufacturer serial number (MSN) 083 launched its career with Cathay Pacific as a 311-seat passenger plane. In July 1997, the 5-star airline re-registered the plane, leading to its final registration B-HLB.
After 16 years of service, Dragonair, partly owned by Cathay Pacific since 1990, took ownership of the Airbus A330-300. In 2006, for a price tag equivalent to USD 1.06 billion, Cathay Pacific acquired all the shares in Dragonair, renaming the airline Cathay Dragon in 2016. The plane continued to fly until August 2019, taking to the skies for the last time to San Bernardino International Airport on 27 September 2019.
At the end of 2020, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cathay Pacific had to shut down Cathay Dragon completely.
Note: Every tag is unique. Depending on the plane, tags may vary in haptics, thickness of material and colour. Small irregularities tell of a plane’s long history and convey the feeling of its glory days above the clouds.
Dimensions: 35 x 88mm.