If a leasing company or an airline can't lease or sell the aircraft then they part it out. Usually the reason an aircraft is parted out is due to high time or age, corrosion that is so bad that it's not economical to repair, and the cost of putting an aircraft through a heavy check ('D' check for example) is also not economically feasible. Leasing companies and airlines can make more money parting an aircraft out then selling it whole. The prices they can get for engines and the avionics equipment alone can be more than the entire aircraft's intact worth.
An old airliner is a lot like an old car, the older it gets the more maintenance is required to keep it airworthy. I know this first hand because I am an aircraft technician. Have you noticed a lot of the aircraft in storage facilities like MHV
have outdated aircraft models? You usually see aircraft like 727's, 737-200's, 747-100/-200's, DC-8's, DC-9's/M80's, DC-10's, and A300's is because one they are not fuel efficient, there newer updated versions of the type, and once again they're old and require more maintenance to keep them airworthy.
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I assume these graveyards charge to store jets, so does the graveyard buy the jet and part it out or does the graveyard part it out for a fee from the owner? Thanks
I'm not sure about this one but it would be a good assumption that graveyards charge for storage, especially if the aircraft is not going to parted out and either re-leased or sold intact. I'm sure there is a company on field that charges the aircraft owner for parting out and then dismantling the stripped aircraft.
Hope this helps.
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