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Airliner Retirement  
User currently offlineflyer62 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 128 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

I have a question about airlines ,on how they retire aircraft, take all the major US carriers,why do they bother painting aircraft into new colors then a short while after or a few years retire them? why waste all that money repainting a jet into the airlines new colors if they are gonna do that,Delta,United,American and Northwest were good a doing this and Usairways to.take the 727,737-200- DC-9s ,DC-10s L-1011s most of these planes were repainted then the airlines got rid of them,the 727s and 737s where a prime example of this,isnt this a waste of time and money to do that then get rid of them,if an airline knows they are going to get rid of a certain type,why bother to repaint them,this still goes on today to some extent,anyone else have any insight on this?

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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Aircraft are repainted on a set schedule and/or during various heavy checks. Often, aircraft retirement isn't planned out years in advance so the airlines may not know exactly when they're going to retire xyz aircraft.


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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

In many cases a retirement date wasnt set when a particular aircraft received a new coat of paint. Also from time to time an aircraft must have new paint for technical reasons, even if its just two years before it´s scheduled to be scrapped.

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