Photo © Derek Hellmann
The scrapping of relatively young aircraft speeds up. This 767 was taken apart just 17 years old, and after seeing only 14 years of service! Delivered in August 1987, no one wanted to fly this jet after the second operator Ansett closed down in 2001. After 3 years rotting away it looked like this. The photo is from late 2004.
The first two or three AA 767s have also been scrapped in recent months, and many more 767s are reportedly condemned to meet the axeman soon. 4 or 5 more AA-birds, and several other ex-Ansett 767s are in different stages of breaking up, 2 ex-TWA are gone and the 3 ex-Transbrasil 767s are in such a bad condition that they are likely to never fly again after only 17-18 years service. And that are not all counted which seem to be awaiting the scrapman this year.
For comparison: I remember the very first 747 that was scrapped in 1991 was 22 years old by then (a single 747SR excluded which was bought and then cut up by Boeing for testing and examing purposes in the late 80s).