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The Retirement Of An A/c

Sat Aug 02, 2003 12:13 am

How many hours and cycles are needed for considering an aircraft for retirement, and scrapping off?
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RE: The Retirement Of An A/c

Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:24 am

There's no set time/cycle limit.
Age, corrosion, operating cost, strain of use, bad landings and way too many other things enter into the decision.
Recently some of the major operators were considering scrapping the aircraft they took out of service even though they had plenty of useful service life left. This was to keep them out of the hands of startup and cheap seat regional carriers and control competition.
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RE: The Retirement Of An A/c

Sat Aug 02, 2003 2:44 am

Also, sometimes airplanes are worth more (a LOT more) as parts than they are as a whole airplane. I've heard that the ratio can be as much as 7 to 1 (7 dollars parts for every $1 of airplane)
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RE: The Retirement Of An A/c

Sat Aug 02, 2003 3:00 am

When the first of a model airliner is scrapped, the parts are worth a lot more money then the airplane is worth. As more and more of the model are retired and parted out, the value of those parts diminish.

Parts for a 727, DC-9, DC-10 or L-1011's are not worth much anymore, including engines so they are just scrapped for the salvage value of the metals when they are phased out.

757 and 767s parts are worth a lot of money now so you will are now seeing some of the early older models being parted out when they run out of airframe time for the next major inspection.

Some models, like the 747's have so many variations and different engines that some models are worth more than others for parts.

In some cases as the airlines slowly retire their airplanes, they use the parts from the retired ones to support the remaining in service airplanes. It is a lot cheaper to reuse low or mid time engines and components than to overhaul them.
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RE: The Retirement Of An A/c

Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:22 pm

Just an attempt to answer an impossible question. The previous are all correct by the way.

A modern airliner (the last 30 years or so) generally will fly 80,000 to 100,000 hours on average. That equates to 18-22 years of 12 hour days. Major generalizations and assumptions on that though.
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