- indeed so; and that's why you're an aircraft spotter and I've run airlines. Still, logic is logic - and you'll be interested to know that they are paying zip for the parking (because the aircraft are in the care of Haeco and Haeco doesn't want to lose the work when CC finally press the 'go' button) and you'll have noticed that the aircraft have - as is shown in the list provided by ILS
been deregisterd. This means that they cannot now be ferried without first having a CofA - which is slightly difficult to get when the aircraft is in bits.
As for using old aircraft - let me put it this way. If you were running an airline, would you prefer to have new aircraft that cost you gazillions whether or not you fly them; or old ones that are fully amortised? With the price of fuel sinking like a stone, the operational cost benefits outweigh the disadvantages as well.
FYI, the only
reason BA and Virgin parked their Classics was because the lessors refused to take back the expensive new kit - and fleet cuts had to be made. The cheapest aircraft to park were those which had been fully amortised.
Once again, all rather logical really!
Oh, and Coyoteguy
- get your facts straight. Although we'd have acquired the entire Delta L1011 package of some 30 aircraft, only 7 would have been returned to service immediately. And what's wrong with Prestwick? It's been Scotland's transatlantic gateway for decades longer than Glasgow - and has a substantially longer runway.
Incidentally, G-BJXN (certainly) plus I think G-BLVE, G-BLVF and G-BMGS - were all acquired by BA when they bought BCal.