Vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
What aircraft manufacturer have bought back their own products from operators in order to be able to shut down the programme and discontinue after-sales-support ?
When I read about the purchase-back exercise of Beechcraft regarding the Starship, I remembered that VFW did the same with their 614 jet in the late 1970s. They bought the aicraft back and scrapped them just to get rid of the whole programme.
Have their been other examples ? Must be heartbreaking for engineers, designers etc. noto nly to find out that their product is not selling well, but that their very own employer buys the aircraft back to reduce them to scrap metal.
PlaneSmart From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 1383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:
Quoting Vfw614 (Thread starter): What aircraft manufacturer have bought back their own products from operators in order to be able to shut down the programme and discontinue after-sales-support ?
It was a very specialised part of product support, namely product liability. Cover has to be maintained for the life of the aircraft. The insurer requires the manufacturer to have a proactive maintenance (liability minimisation) programme with operators.
The premium and associated costs would have exceeded the sale value of the original aircraft.
Vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
My understanding regarding the VFW614 is that it simply had to do with after-sales-support of both the airframe manufacturer (VFW) and the engine maker (Rolls-Royce). They offered the only two airlines that operated the aircraft - Cimber Air and Air Alsace - a very good price both could not resist, took the aircraft back and scrapped them in order nobody else would operate them.