|Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 92):|
No, but for an aircraft to fly commercial pax I think they should not be made in the mid 40s! That is a bit outdated.
A properly inspected and maintained airframe can be used indefinitely. Age has nothing to do with this incident. There may be fatigue issues (not to be confused with age), but, again, proper inspection and maintenance will take care of that.
There is only one reason why airlines are flying around brand new B777's rather than DC-3's: $$$$$. Airlines have purchased new planes because they are more efficient and because passengers demand more comfort. If you could lure passengers to fly New York to London on an old flying boat and still make a profit, you can bet that the airlines would still be doing it. NW is flying old DC-9's because they are still making some money off of those old birds (granted that money may be flushed away somewhere else). However, most passengers today want a quiet flight with a PTV and to get to there destination ASAP. And if the flight costs less to operate per passenger, the airline is going to provide.
I would not hesitate to fly on a Chalk's Mallard or any other old plane.