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Some Parked Jets May Not Fly Again for Airlines

As passenger traffic declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines are parking some of their jets. While most of these aircraft will come back online when needed, others may not fly with their airline again.  These aircraft were scheduled to be retired at some point because they were too old, too large, required too much maintenance, burned too much fuel, were not environmentally friendly or just weren’t flexible enough.  Older 737s as well as 757s and 767s and some newer, larger aircraft, such as 747s and A380s, which are not as flexible as more recent designs, fall into this group.  It’s anticipated that the current slowdown, and the need for a smaller fleet, will hasten the retirement of some of these aircraft so, once they’re parked, they may not come back.

While passenger traffic has dropped, cargo transport has remained constant and some airlines, like United and American, which normally do not fly cargo-only flights are now beginning to do so.