Aircraft Recycling: Up To The Challenge

The safe and responsible recycling of commercial aircraft is one of the main challenges facing the global aviation industry. With around 12,000 commercial aircraft to be decommissioned over the next 20 years, manufacturers and operators are working towards the development of the 100% recyclable airplane.

The aviation sector is undergoing a challenging and ambitious paradigm shift towards sustainable practices and operations, and one area where progress is being made is at the end of an aircraft’s life.

Today, a commercial aircraft has an average retirement age of around 25 years, after which an arduous and highly technical dismantling and recycling process follows – all part of a lucrative market valued at over at $80m per year.

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