CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1419 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
I was at DCA last night dropping off a friend, and noticed a UAL A319 in line for departure with what looked like a HP fuselage panel right above the trailing edge of the port wing. Does anyone know what the story is with this jet? Sadly, it was slightly turned, so the tailplane was blocking the reg #. Thanks
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
Parts sharing happens a lot between airlines.
There is an old pic somewhere in the database of a BA 747 classic with an AA nosecone, and Delta has for some time operated a system with a number of international airlines where they can pick parts from common stock.
Just two examples. For instance...
Delta had an arrangement with Britannia in the UK, so if a 767 went tech here then Britannia could source a part for them. Replacements and payments could then be sorted out later. There were other airlines within this internet-based inventory system which could locate a spare closest to the aircraft in need.
N628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
There are formal pooling agreements as you cited in the DL example (almost all major Int'l carriers have them), and there are borrow/loan agreements between individual carriers. This can be a sunstantial source of revenue for large carriers loaning or selling parts ot smaller carriers.