Where Do Old Airplanes Go?

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/07/airplane-graveyards-aircraft-parts-engines
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    Have you ever wondered what happens to an airplane when an airline doesn't want it anymore? No, there is no Father Flanagan Home for Wayward Airplanes, but there are places that welcome them with open arms. Regardless of whether an airplane is owned or leased, there are plenty of options.
    If the airplane is lucky, then another airline will want it straight away. That's exactly what we're seeing with the recent decision by Southwest to sub-lease its fleet of 88 Boeing 717 aircraft to Delta.

    Southwest didn't want those airplanes, but they were young and efficient, so Delta jumped in. But things don't always work out so well.

    If an airline owns an airplane that it doesn't need, it can send it to a boneyard. The same goes for airplanes that come off leases; the lessors send airplanes to the desert if nobody else wants them. There are several airports throughout the U.S. that specialize in being homes for airplanes that nobody wants—Mojave and Victorville in California along with Goodyear and Pinal Airpark in Arizona are just a few of the facilities. The Desert Southwest, however, is a particularly welcome spot because dry air helps avoid corrosion. The populations at these airports can ebb and flow as times change.

    Read More: http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/07/airplane-graveyards-aircraft-parts-engines
     
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    Thanks for sharing, very interesting and often overlooked topic!:)
     
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    A related story I'd be interested in is a report on the oldest commercial planes still in service, and their history; the several different airlines they've flown for, etc.
     
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    I think that among the US airlines, that AA has the oldest fleet. But worldwide, there are some out there that would be considered Museum specimens.
     
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    @FlyingFree: Airliners.net may have some type of database or forum on that.
     
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