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jumbo jet and airliner recycling: covid aftermath

Thanks to the pandemic and the collapse in air travel, around a quarter of the world's passenger jets remain idle and parked at airports and storage facilities while their owners decide what to do with them. Some of these aircraft hold up in hangars around the world will never fly again. There is approximately 5,000 or more commercial aircraft around the world in hangars. there were 5,467 commercial passenger jets in storage in July, equivalent to a quarter of the global inventory.

"Owners don't want to be paying parking fees and storage fees for aircraft," says James Cobbold, "They need them operating, or off their books, which may mean selling to a parts-trader for disassembly".

The airplane recycling process begins with non-destructive dismantling activity. First, some easily removable items such as passenger seats, engines, and other components are taken—eventually, just the shell remains. At that point, a massive excavator demolishes the vast shell of the airplane. Once different parts of the shell are broken down into small pieces, they are transported for the next phase of the recycling.

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