Parked Aircraft Victorville
The world of travel is a crazy place right now with so few people getting on airplanes. Because of COVID-19, some airlines are carrying less than 5% of the passengers they would on a normal day. That means A LOT of airplanes are parked waiting for demand to once again increase.
The United States has many of the largest airlines in the world. Just look at the fleet size of some of our largest carriers according to Wikipedia.
- Southwest Airlines: 745 aircraft
- American Airlines: 918 aircraft
- Delta Airlines: 913 aircraft
- United Airlines: 803 aircraft
And that doesn’t include the smaller carriers that have to park their planes as well along with freight carriers like Fedex which surprisingly has a number of planes parked.
Where to Store Airplanes
With so many planes to park, airlines have had to seek out runways, taxiways and just about anywhere else they can park jets. One of the places that is being used for a lot of the grounded jets is Southern California Logistics Airport in Victoville, CA. With room for over 500 aircraft, this place is seemingly built for the task.
Crazy Bird’s Eye View
Over the past couple of weeks I have seen a number of photos of parked jets at airports across the globe, however I recently came across a video that was made while flying over the airport in Victorville. The pilot was given permission to fly over the airport at a very low altitude and the result is an amazing view of the many parked planes from Southwest, Delta and more just sitting around waiting for demand to increase.
The video even ends with a trip out to the Antelope Valley poppy fields for an aerial view of the super bloom. It’s a great video and one I think all of you will enjoy!
Parked Aircraft Victorville – Bottom Line
Victorville, CA is home to over 400 parked aircraft and it was a sad, but unique experience to see them sitting there waiting for their chance to return. Hopefully these birds will get airborne again soon, because the world needs a little travel.