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How Does An Airline Decide Which A/c To Park?  
User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 33
Posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Was just looking through some of the pictures of parked aircraft out in the deserts, and noticed that there are often many types from an individual airline.

How does, say NW, decide which of its DC-9's to park and which to keep flying?


Debate is what you put on de hook when you want to catch de fish.
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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1885 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4209 times:

Has to do with the age of the plane I think...and maybe they just phase out their planes one by one as not to lose their whole fleet on one go...

Although I am not qualified on this topic  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Proudly South African
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Some of the considerations made when retiring an airplane or fleet include;

1. Is a heavy check with considerable costs coming due?

2. Are there expensive required modifications; due to changes in regulations, maintenance program, airworthiness directives, etc.; needed to maintain airworthiness.

3. Is the airplane leased? When does the lease period end?

4. General age of the airplane in terms of flight cycles and hours.

5. General condition of the airplane.

6. Cost of operation per flight hour.

7. Cost of replacement.

8. Current utilization. High? Low?

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