About Us

Who We Are?

Established in 2006, AFRA is a membership-based global collaboration to elevate industry performance and increase commercial value for end-of-service aircraft. AFRA represents companies from across the globe and throughout the supply-chain – from manufacturers to materials recyclers. Through the collective experience of its members, AFRA’s Best Management Practice (BMP) Guide has significantly improved the management of end-of-life aircraft in terms of environmental and sustainable performance.

  • Manufacturers Nearly every major aircraft manufacturer – including Boeing and Embraer – are part of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association. These industry leaders have shown their commitment to end-of-life issues by joining and/or getting accredited by AFRA.
  • Disassemblers & Parts Distributors AFRA created and maintains the only industry-developed best practices guide for aircraft disassembly. The AFRA Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for Disassembly is the leading standard for dismantling aircraft in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly manner. 9 out of the top 10 leading Disassemblers in 2023 are members.
  • Materials Recyclers Recycling the metals, carbon and other materials from a scrapped aircraft is an equally significant part of the environmental processes and business planning for end-of-life aircraft. AFRA has developed a Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for aircraft materials recycling as part of our Accreditation program to ensure best environmental practices for the final step in the aircraft recycling process.
  • Leasing & Finance and Airlines AFRA represents aircraft financers and lessors who are working to integrate end-of-life values into their asset valuations. AFRA attends the ISTAT Americas Conference every year to discuss the value of aircraft when they reach retirement.
  • Air Centers Air Centers are becoming an increasingly important business model for aircraft recycling. By clustering dismantling, recycling and scrap services in one location, air centers can provide space and services for a full recycling solution.
  • Research & Development AFRA offers complimentary membership to research institutions developing innovative techniques and business practices for end-of-life aircraft management. From the founding of AFRA, we have maintained a close relationship with research institutions that are focusing on new technologies for aircraft recycling.