” Deserts use two crucial parts: big areas of open flat land, and climate that slows the deterioration of metal parts,” Mr Petchenik states. The low humidity together with low aerosol and air particulates in these parts help store aeroplanes for a long period of time.
American author and previous New york city Times writer Joe Sharkey keeps in mind travelling to a former CIA airbase-turned-commercial airpark in Marana, in the desert, some 15 miles (24 km) north of Tucson, Arizona.
” It was rather a befuddling sight to see glossy tails of lots of business airliners glinting in the sun in the range. All the planes have sealed windows and engines,” said Mr Sharkey.
Aviation professionals say the pandemic has required more aircrafts to these “boneyards” than any development in current history. Long haul planes are also being too soon retired. Recently British Airways, the world’s largest operator of the jumbo jets, announced it would retire all of its 31 Boeing 747 s, 10%of its overall fleet, ahead of a planned phasing out in2024
In April, more than 14,000 passenger aircraft – equivalent to two-thirds of the global fleet – were grounded around the world, up from less than 1,900 aircrafts at the beginning of the year, according to Cirium, a London-based air travel information and analytics company.
Some 7.5 million flights have actually been cancelled in between January and July and the airline industry has already suffered approximately $84 bn of earnings losses this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
” This is the largest grounding of business aircraft ever, sped up by the virtual shutdown of the global passenger network as a repercussion of travel limitations arising from the pandemic and the decrease in need for guest air travel,” Rob Morris, head of consultancy at Cirium, informed me in an email.
Airline companies have actually faced a sharp decrease in traffic triggered by worldwide occasions in the past.
More than 13%of the business jet fleet were grounded after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent Gulf War in 2001, say analysts. Guest traffic nosedived after the 2008 global financial crisis, with 11%of the commercial fleet grounded in storage facilities in mid-2009
” But the kept ratio has never got anything near the ratios we have seen in 2020, highlighting the scale of crisis on airline companies worldwide,” Mr Morris said.