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Auckland Airport to hold charity auction

Auckland Airport is auctioning pieces of its aviation history in a bid to raise money for charity.

Auckland Airport is auctioning pieces of its aviation history in a bid to raise money for charity.

The auction, which begins tomorrow (April 17) on Trade Me, will see pieces of its old solari 'flight information board' sold to the highest bidders to raise money for the Foundation for Youth Development charity.

The board, which features the old style split flap flight information details – the type that flick through the alphabet to find the right letter – was decommissioned in December last year after more than 30 years of service at the gateway's international terminal. 

It is believed that this is the last of its kind in New Zealand, and that this type of solari board is now so rare that parts for it ceased to be made several years ago.

There are over 100 units up for auction, so there will be plenty of opportunities for keen bidders to secure their piece of airport history. 

There are a variety of options available, including: single units with an array of flight status updates such as ‘CANCELLED’, ‘RESCHEDULED’ and ‘FINAL CALL’; single units featuring over 50 current and historical aviation images, bundles of letters and a 24 hour clock.

“Over the years we have seen a lot of interest registered from people in obtaining pieces of this board, from staff to design agencies to retired pilots,” says Charles Spillane, Auckland Airport's general manager corporate affairs.

“The idea for the Trade Me auction came about when the board was decommissioned. We thought an auction would be a great way to allow people the chance to have a piece of aviation history whilst at the same time raising money for a very worthy cause.”

The Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) is a charity that helps young people develop confidence and self-belief and create goals for the future. 

The auction will run for two weeks with all items at a dollar reserve – the goal being to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

To secure your piece of airport history, please go to www.trademe.co.nz and search for the Auckland Airport solari board. The auction will begin at 9am on April 17.

For more information about the auction, please go to www.aucklandairport.co.nz/auction.

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