Metwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2816 times:
It depends on how large the airline is. In the short interim the affected airline will try to transfer their pax to competitors.
It is rare that airlines have spare airplanes just sitting around. However schedules can be juggled, airplanes in long-term maintenance can be expedited.
This looks like "ramp rash"; there will likely be some disciplinary actions against personnel.
Repair time? It probably took two days to determine the extent of the damage. If this airplane were not at an airport where repairs could be made minimal damage would be repaired. Then a Ferry Permit would allow the airplane to fly to where final repairs would be made. My guess would be 3 to 4 weeks before this airplane flew revenue again.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6402 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
A simple two day fix. The only thing damaged was the tail cone. ND tests may consume 6 hours, but the R&R is 100 man hours. No big deal. Now if the horizontal had been damaged that would have run into weeks instead of days.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.