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Sooner or later they have to. A 21 year old A330 wont fly on forever.
But an older Boeing/MD will? Look at Delta for example with plenty of older planes in the fleet.
's A330's are old(er), the oldest ones are from 1994 while the youngest is a 2000 one but they are very well maintained and are still happily flying even into less civilized parts of the world (Africa) where tech support and parts aren't readily available. (OK
, they fly around with a bunch of spareparts in the belly and a mechanic on board but still, it doesn't happen frequently that one of the A330's is AOG for a mechanical reason).
But I agree, on one day in the future they will need to be retired, wetter it will be in 1 to 5 years or 10+ years will remain to be seen. If I had to guess I expect the oldest to be replaced in the next couple of years.
Anyway, when you're inside SN
's A330's you won't notice it that you'll be flying one of the oldest A330's around, they are up to date with a more then decent economy section and a very nice business section. I flew with SN
in both Y and C and it was a very pleasant experience.