rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
Smaller carriers with the staff can find it profitable to scrap an aircraft inhouse rather than selling the plane.
There is enough of a market for DC-8 parts, and they can provide the paper trail, to get good prices. Eventually when the plane is gutted, they will actually get a better price for the metal from a recycler than they would selling the entire aircraft whole.
It takes a certain situation for that to be profitable, but a small carrier with a dedicated maintenance staff, ramp or hanger space and a not overwhelming workload can do it.