Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1469 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
I'm curious what happens when aircraft are stored at places other than "boneyards."
Around a year ago Far Eastern Air Transport here in Taiwan ceased operations. At the time, it had a fleet of five 757-200s and quite a few more MD-80-family. The aircraft were all flown to TSA and have been parked on the ramp since. Three of the 757s appear to have found new homes (there are only two currently parked on the ramp). Not sure if any of the MDs have found new homes.
Is there an SOP for when aircraft are parked like this -- I don't see the windows taped up. I know that a car, if parked for a long time can encounter some serious corrosion issues in the engine and am wondering if the same is true for aircraft engines. Do they need to be fired up every so often? Any particular maintenance that needs to be carried out on them?
If so, who is responsible for the costs involved -- I can't imagine that these planes are sitting there for free and FEAT doesn't really exist anymore. Would it be up to the lessors to pay for the parking and then the maintenance on the aircraft? If so, why are they chosing to do at TSA and not just fly the A/C to somewhere more convenient?
I know the 757s were leased but some (all?) of the MDs were owned, which may explain why the 757s are finding homes and the MDs aren't.
I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!