What happens to old aircraft? At best,
they are sold to another airline, at worst
they are parked at the back of a hangar,
abandoned in a distant desert or even
dismantled illegally and the parts that
are still operational are recovered and reused.
With some 6,000 to 7,000 aircraft
expected to become fit for scrap over the
next 20 years, a fully-fledged industrial
sector is starting to take shape. The different
players on this market, which has
a real future and on which competition is
already strong, are setting their own procedures
and rules for now in the hope of
seeing them recognised later at European
or even global level. The industry is in the
pilot’s seat and, for now, the European
Commission is giving it free rein.
The EU has adopted strict regulations for
the treatment of end-of-life vehicles and a
strategy for better ship dismantling...
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