bridge From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4528 times:
My interest is sparked by the high-time LH 744s that have recently been headed to the desert for infinite rest. I'm sure it varies by airline, but what do airlines generally take from a/c that are headed for the scrapper? Obviously they are quite flyable to make the journey, so it seems mechanical parts and avionics are untouched. Are seats, IFE, galleys, overhead bins, safety cards, etc. generally removed for resale or reuse before the final flight takes place?
nonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
I guess it depends on what the operator wants to keep.I have got a few airplane ready for the storage facility and all we did was paint our name off and made sure that all of the rotable parts the airplane came with were back on the aircraft before it left the rest was handled by the storage company before scrapping.
As the plane of LH won't be stored, everything is removed within the cabin and in the cargo hold. She is very very empty. Avionics of course will still be in as she needs to be airworthy and fulfill the requirements to fly within the North Atlantic airspace.
But cabin is removed, seats, galley, everything. Check the thread for some pictures:
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4334 times:
Different carriers, different scenarios...TWA flew their birds to Marana fully loaded, seats, harnesses, food carts...everything. The rotables would be removed, some flight control sufaces as needed, then the balance remains for the scrapper. Others would fly the airframe "green" with only minimum instruments as required by the "ferry Permit'. Basically a reposition flight and the last one at that.
wilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 4): Once it lands somewhere in the desert, then would they take the avionics (well all the stuff in the cockpit) out for spare parts etc for other active aircraft currently in the LH fleet?
Well, that is a good question. To be honest, I don't have a clue. I try to get some information about that. It would make sense to keep them as they are still fine... No clue, sorry.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4182 times:
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5): Well, that is a good question. To be honest, I don't have a clue. I try to get some information about that. It would make sense to keep them as they are still fine... No clue, sorry.
I would say yes as those are still company assets that are applicable to a fleet which the airline is operating so removing them as additional spares would increase the airlines spare pool. Remove 'em serviceable and put them into stock, or send them out for a quick bench test, and you're good to go. Even if the airline didn't want to keep the off units, they could be sold on the surplus market to other airlines that operate that aircraft type....ancillary revenue is a wonderful thing (and considering some of those things up in the flight deck or flight control surfaces go for A LOT of money, you might as well turn a buck! LOL)!!!!
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