Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 50 Posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3949 times:
The final two B747-200 (D-ABYX, D-ABZE) that have been stored in FRA the last few weeks will be ferried to Marana (via PHX) next week (around May 15).
They will be stored (along the two others that are still in MZJ) for the next 12 months (ensuring a possible reactivation within six months)
I was hoping to join the flight, but it won't be possible as a special "C Class" visa is needed for those ferry flight, and since I don't have a required task on such a flight, such a visa is unlikely to be granted
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been...
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3386 times:
I guess they fly the plane 'green' to the desert, so they will take out all the valuable, sensitive stuff the pax needs which could be damaged during storage (seats,galley-parts,PTVs (in biz), catering carts etc.).
"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Alfred Kahn, 1977
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6440 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3295 times:
Godbless, that would pose a bit of a problem as they would then have to fly an empty non-amortized aircraft for the next PHX-FRA flight. Expensive.
ClipperNo1, It is extremely rare for an airliner to arrive for storage with anything removed except the carts. The airlines would much rather have an airplane that could be turned for lease or re-entry into service quickly. Aircraft coming in for scrapping do have most of the interior removed if it can be used on another current aircraft. What is left is removed at MZJ, or MHV, TUS, ROW, etc.) and shipped back to the owner.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.