Parked Jets: How do planes stay fit

The aircraft mechanic Katrin Storeck whips out the flashlight. On the outside skin of the Airbus A340 you are looking in the hidden corners, the possible glue o

Parked Jets: How do planes stay fit

The aircraft mechanic Katrin Storeck whips out the flashlight. On the outside skin of the Airbus A340 you are looking in the hidden corners, the possible glue of the film, with the help of the engines were covered. After a month's time, the Lufthansa Jet to fly in a few hours to Miami. For Storeck and their colleagues in the Frankfurt long-distance maintenance means a lot of work.

the Corona-crisis of the international air traffic came almost to a Halt: A large part of the world's approximately 25,000 active passenger aircraft stand on the floor. Ongoing travel restrictions in the not yet overcome the pandemic and the onset of the economic recession to inhibit the restart of the Airlines. The flight plan is created only for a short time in advance, so that quite complicated Puzzle arises when which aircraft will be used on which flight.

the Lufthansa is on almost every Jet in front of the Alternatives to fly Dumping, or almost ready to fly keep. At the low point of the crisis were 700 of 763 Konzernjets on the ground, in the autumn of 380 plane, and thus about half of the fleet should be back in the air, has announced that CEO Carsten Spohr. It is also assumed that in the year 2023, a new normal will be reached with 100 planes less than in 2019. Because of the part-nationalised group wants to buy in this time, despite the crisis, 80 factory new machine, no longer needed by the current fleet, almost every fourth plane in the future.

aircraft must regularly portrays fly

From a technical point of view, need to fly airplanes regularly, maintenance chief, Dirk Ranft. A maximum of 30 days, the passenger may be parked Jets. Also in this state, already the engines are covered plants, birds, insects, or items from the turbines away. Individual systems, such as the speed meter be removed and the tire every few days a little further rolled to avoid damage.

The Lufthansa reactivated the parked aircraft in regular waves. Since the aircraft must fly in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications at least every 30 days, to be taken from the Jets back into the line operation. The Alternative would be a so-called workshop of flights without passengers. "Flights around the Henninger tower, we don't do," says Ranft, but. Instead, the necessary for Jets to be replaced regularly and in case of increased need for supplements.

A larger part of the fleet, however, is drawn for longer periods from the traffic, including the entire fleet of the Large Airbus A380. Seven copies of the largest passenger aircraft in the world, a private site in Frankfurt, the other seven in the hot and dry climate of the Spanish Teruel. on company

Six giant birds are no longer safe to return to the Lufthansa-line service, but to the manufacturer, Airbus, is returned. Of the four spotlights with 519 seats fit in the time, such as the Boeing Jumbo 747 of Lufthansa at least five plans to phase out. Per passenger, you burn more kerosene as their successors with two engines and fill are also on the racetracks of this world are difficult to cost-covering level.

Updated Date: 03 August 2020, 13:20

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