How Airlines Are Parking Planes
Never before in the history of aviation has it been necessary to park so many airplanes across the globe. With global demand down somewhere around 95% and scheduled flights down 60+%, airlines are scrambling to come up with a plan for their fleets.
Some airlines are using their passengers jets as cargo planes. We’ve seen airlines strap in medical supplies and other cargo to their existing seats, while others like Air Canada are removing seats from some aircraft in order to free up space for cargo operations.
✈️ Voici l’intérieur d’un des @Boeing 777 (-300ER) @AirCanada 🇨🇦 transformés en avion cargo. 📦 pic.twitter.com/iJmqjjc1WX
— The Travelers Club (@zeTravelersClub) May 1, 2020
Thousands of Aircraft Parked
But even with these drastic measures, it is estimated that airlines globally are parking about 60% of their aircraft. A few weeks ago I shared a stunning low altitude flyover video from Victorville with over 400 Southwest and Delta jets parked out in the desert. That is one of the larger aircraft parking spots in the country, but there are so many more around the globe.
With somewhere around 15,000 jets currently parked, airlines have had to seek out spots for their planes just about everywhere. Singapore Airlines for example flew a few of their A380s to Alice Springs in the Australian Outback for what is sure to be a nice long nap out in the desert.
16,000 Planes Grounded – New Video
CNBC came out with a fascinating video the other day I feel is worth taking a look at. It tracks the current situations for airlines across the globe, what they are doing with their fleets and how technology from Airbus and elsewhere is helping them stay organized during these unprecedented times. Take a look below.
How Airlines Are Parking Planes – Bottom Line
It’s truly fascinating to look at the problems airlines across the globe face today given the COVID-19 pandemic, current closures and what is predicted to be a very slow recovery for the airline industry. Videos like this one are very cool to see, however they also serve as a stark reminder that tough times are ahead for the airline industry.
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Posted this a week ago, just saying 🙂
Hope all is well in LV!
The video came out 3 days ago and I saw it and added it to the list for today then. Youtube is pretty good at showing me stuff like this as soon as it is released. I’m impressed you had access to this video 4 days before it came out! 🙂
And for the record, if you were the source for something I saw and shared here I would link to you. Been our policy for 7 years.