Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Undoubtedly, A Very Silly Question!  
User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1796 times:

I can imagine this question has been asked before, perhaps hundreds of times, to the point of becoming " Ad nauseam", but kindly indulge here for a second...

... How much have these aircraft on the pic, and many more others sitting on a desert drying up their wings, been able to produce for an airline ???

Geez, how much money burnt in the desert !!!

I mean, have most of stored and retired aircraft flown enough and produced sufficient revenue to pay for themselves ???

In general, what´s the average ratio of profitability obtained by airlines on each one of their birdies ??? I know this would all depend on many factors and considerations, but could you friends and experts out there take a wild guess ???

The Northwest´s 747s on the pic, before its seats end up in some A.netter´s living room or study, how much wealth did they bring to its operators ???

Best regards

P.S. I take the opportunity to wish everyone out there, both A.netters and visitors, a most wonderful holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2008 ! ! !...  

Edited for typo and photo display. My apologies !!!

src="http://www.airliners.net/discussions/graphics/smilies/santahat.gif" width="21" height="23" border=0>       

[Edited 2007-12-18 14:20:13]

[Edited 2007-12-18 14:36:08]

[Edited 2007-12-18 14:40:19]

No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
2 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1758 times:

You cannot really put a value on it because of things like inflation and how the value of money changes compared to what you can buy, i.e. in 1996 the average house price in UK was £75k, now the average house price is edging on £200k. Another example I can think of is the DC9, when it was first made, they were selling for $1m? each, however in todays market situation, that equates to more than $20m. It is apples and oranges.

AF BE BY FR MV PD SZ U2 VZ DHC6, 8-3/4Q, 732/8, 763ER, A319, A380
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1723 times:

The decision to retire and/or store an aircraft in the desert comes down to several factors:

  • Dispatch reliability. Has the type of plane reached the logical end of its flying career? Is this a type of plane that is just simply not reliable to schedule in flights without causing massive headaches?

  • Fuel Efficiency. Are there newer types that can fly this route more economically?

  • Logistics. Are parts readily available for this type? Does it cost more to repair than it does to operate newer equipment? Does the manufacturer exist anymore? Would this plane be better suited to Fed Ex or UPS perhaps?

    And finally:

  • Lease Rates. Does it cost the airline more in lease rates than it makes flying the route?

    There are more factors, but think of it like operating a fleet of rental cars. After a while, they are worn out and have to be replaced. Hopefully this is after productive lives making money for their owner.

  • Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
    Top Of Page
    Forum Index

    This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

    Printer friendly format

    Similar topics:More similar topics...
    Very Basic Question RE EMB 170 Vs 190 posted Fri Sep 9 2005 07:05:38 by DLKAPA
    Real Silly Question About B 727 Stairs posted Wed Sep 7 2005 19:03:33 by Roger136913
    Very Naieve Question, Long-haul Routes From BRU? posted Mon Mar 21 2005 02:58:17 by Ktachiya
    Silly Question: How Many Flights Are Longhaul? posted Sat Feb 5 2005 21:57:36 by Lehpron
    Silly Question, Ever Seen A UFO On A Flight? posted Tue Nov 18 2003 03:58:15 by Lehpron
    Perhaps A Silly Question, Are There A/C Snowtires posted Wed Dec 13 2000 20:30:58 by Copper1
    Silly Question posted Thu Nov 16 2000 18:16:02 by G-SPOT
    Very Important Question About United Airlines posted Tue Jul 18 2000 07:42:35 by Randy1676
    Very Important Frontier Question posted Wed Aug 1 2007 04:43:57 by Ryanrap1
    A Very Simple LAX Tunnel Question posted Thu May 4 2006 05:39:09 by UCLAX