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Thursday, January 21, 2010

enRoute January 2010

The Age Of Aircraft

Here's one question found in enRoute's January edition:
Like any blog, there's room for comments. I noticed they are little thin with respect to feedback.

My post talks about the age on airplane, the Flying Scotsman's last post talks about price:

Photo: Brian Losito

Q: How old is the oldest aircraft at Air Canada? Carlton Lagusz, Stallingborough, U.K.

An airliner’s lifespan is based on hours, years and cycles (takeoffs and landings). Fuel efficiency, technological advances and the economy all factor into the equation for retirement of aircraft at Air Canada. The average age of our fleet is approximately nine years. (Air Canada operates the youngest fleet of any North American network carrier.) Our oldest airplane has racked up over 96,000 hours but will retire in 2013, when the sleek Boeing Dreamliner arrives.


carlton said...

Thanks again for answering my question.

96,000 hours, wow! If my Maths are correct (which they are probably not...), that equates to the aircraft actually been airborne for eleven years - testament to the quality of build and maintenance of the modern airliner!

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Carlton. Again, thanks for sending in your question to enRoute.

I just did the math and you are right, eleven years!

It does show how well built and maintained a modern airliner is. It also shows they are "work horses" and confirms airplanes do not make money while on the ground.

Thanks for the post and the question.

Captain Doug

Andrew said...

Just noticed the names are blotted out, what happend there?

96000 hours? what type of plane is that?

From the Flight Deck said...

Andrew. Not sure why the names aren't there.

The plane is a B767-300.

Capt. Doug

Viken said...

Eleven years is not that old for a well maintained aircraft. Look at all the MDs still flying in the US! Also, many airlines fly A/C which are 15-20 years old, specially the B737s.