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Author Topic: Fleet Replacement/D check  (Read 515 times)

Offline Vanquo

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Fleet Replacement/D check
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:39:54 PM »
In my post regarding fleet types someone brought up fleet replacement. I currently have a fleet of 737's going, but the wait time on ordering them is significant, the D check is a couple of million and takes 2 months, would any of you recommend that I stomach the costs and keep a hold of the aircraft, given that it is so hard to acquire a new one?

Offline alexgv1

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Re: Fleet Replacement/D check
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 04:56:58 PM »
First D check at 8 years I usually pay whether leasing or owned.

Second D check at 16 years I will pay if I own the aircraft, or return to lessor if leasing (before the check).

Don't think I've ever gotten to a 24 year D check but it gets stupidly expensive then.

Of course you can factor replacement aircraft availability into these considerations for yor own airline.

Hope this helps, this is just what I do.
CEO of South Where Airlines (SWA|WH)

Offline Vanquo

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Re: Fleet Replacement/D check
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 05:22:23 PM »
No that helps, I'd gotten the impression that it's a huge no no to ever hold onto a leased aircraft if a D check is up, but all things considered I think it would be most prudent for me to go through with it.

Offline Steve

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Re: Fleet Replacement/D check
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2013, 08:35:36 PM »
I would replace the AC going into D check with a new one if available if you have a small fleet. 2 months without and aircraft flying is a lot of income lost. However, if your fleet grows to over 200 planes or more than that becomes impossible or a lot of work to keep replacing Air craft. When that happens your airline should be sufficient enough to absorb the costs of the D check and the profits lost.   

 

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