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Finding New Life For Used Aircraft

End-of-life services providers ramp up capacity for aircraft disassembly and component remarketing.

Printed headline: End Game


1. Bringing New Life to Used Aircraft

Company: Air Salvage International

Specifications: As a founding member of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, UK-based Air Salvage International (ASI) has disassembled more than 750 commercial aircraft over the last 22 years. The company has the capability to disassemble all types of commercial aircraft, but ASI says the most common in recent years have been the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. In addition to removing components for reentry into the market, ASI’s disassembly work has given aircraft components new life in training companies, museums, and the TV and film industry. ASI operates two subsidiary companies at its Gloucestershire, England, facility to offer customers more comprehensive service:  European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 provider GC Aviation Maintenance and component supplier Skyline Aero.

2. Capability for 20 Simultaneous Teardowns

Company: Ascent Aviation Services

Specifications: After merging with Marana Aerospace Solutions in 2018, Ascent Aviation Services says it is now one of the leading aircraft MRO companies in North America. The company operates two MRO facilities in southern Arizona, which provide a wide variety of end-of-life solutions, including airframe-parts removals, scrap-engine recycling and airframe-hull recycling. The company’s more than 460-acre facility in Marana, Arizona, is one of the largest aircraft storage facilities in the world and can run up to 20 lines of teardowns simultaneously. Recent, notable disassembly projects for Ascent include the last Boeing 747 flown by Delta Air Lines and the first Boeing 777-200, now housed at the Pima (Arizona) Air and Space Museum.

3. Growing Capacity in Europe

Company: eCube Solutions

Specifications: eCube Solutions provides disassembly and disposal of aircraft—which it calls “de-production”—from St. Athan Aerospace Business Park near Cardiff, Wales, and from its recently opened facility at Castellon Airport in Spain. According to eCube, the com­bination of its two European facilities allows for up to eight de-production projects in parallel, and it expects to perform more than 50 of these in 2019, growing its capacity by 20% per year. The company says it was the first in its market to perform de-production projects in a hangar, which enables repeatable processes in a controlled environment.

4. Canadian Airframe Expertise

Company: Voyageur Aviation Corp.

Specifications: Founded in 1968 and acquired by Chorus Aviation in 2015, Voyageur Aviation Corp. provides services ranging from MRO and leasing to parts sales, logistics management and specialty airline operations. Its Voyageur Avparts division leads aircraft disassembly operation and the remarketing of aircraft used serviceable material, currently focusing on Bombardier and De Havilland Canada product lines. Voyageur recently completed its latest end-of-life teardown of a Dash 8-400 aircraft, the components of which it is still actively remarketing. Another Dash 8-400 will be arriving at the company’s North Bay, Ontario, facility for part-out before year-end.

5. New A330 Projects

Company: AELS

Specifications: Dutch aircraft disassembly and dismantling specialist AELS has been providing end-of-life solutions for aircraft since 2006. The company typically buys airframes, disassembles them and returns components back to the market, but occasionally provides third-party disassembly services as well. AELS says it can perform disassembly and dismantling of all aircraft types but prefers to work with Airbus and Boeing models. Recently, AELS bought its first two A330s for disassembly, from Brussels Airlines and TAP.

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