MBSDALHOU wrote:Then we have the US operators who still have numerous aircraft just sitting in the dessert. My question is why do the US airlines have their planes just sitting there vrs the forgein operators have theirs scrapped?
Slcpilot wrote:This is PURE speculation on my part, but I think the cost of aircraft disposal in the future may exceed the cost of building them!
As crazy as that might seem, imagine the cost of removing the Sears tower or some other large structure built 40 or so years ago.
I believe the cost of complying with environmental regulations will make cutting up composite structures a non-trivial endeavor. We will see, we're still years away from stacks of 787s and A350s clogging VCV.
VSMUT wrote:MBSDALHOU wrote:Then we have the US operators who still have numerous aircraft just sitting in the dessert. My question is why do the US airlines have their planes just sitting there vrs the forgein operators have theirs scrapped?
The US planes may not be there for scrapping. It is pretty common for airlines to park a number of aircraft during periods of downtime, or during recessions. That probably explains much of it. US airlines naturally use facilities already in the US, while a company like Ryanair or Lufthansa may use local facilities in Europe for the same, hence why you don't see them storing/mothballing aircraft at the famous facilities in the US desert.
Another reason (at least historically) has been the fact that US airlines had a tendency to operate antiquated planes for longer than most other airlines in the world. Think 757, DC-9s, MD-80s and Tristars. One important reason why aircraft are scrapped "in a hurry" is because there is a demand for spare parts. If those planes belong to one of the last customers, then there simply won't be a market for spare parts. I mean, who on earth would want to buy DC-9, CRJ-200 or 757 spares nowadays? Those types are all leaving service within a few years, if they haven't already. By comparison, new 777s are still being delivered today, hence why 777 spares are highly valuable.
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