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Airlines are now facing an airplane shortageAs airlines grapple with staff shortages and maintenance delays, they’re now facing an airplane shortage. According to Reuters, delegates to the annual Airline Economics conference in Dublin were told that manufacturers are missing their delivery targets and that could hamper an unexpected surge in travel prompted largely by China’s abrupt cancellation of many COVID restrictions. “We are seeing a very strong rebound in travel,” AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly said “I think we will see a full… (www.airguide.info) More...
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I know a desert in the USA where you can find a few to fill the void while waiting for some new (sarcasm) ...........
What good are more airplanes if they have no pilots to fly them? They can barely staff their current fleets.
well said mr rodstein
Well, not everything parked out in the desert is completely clapped-out. There are still some good airplanes out there, they just aren't as fuel efficient as newer models are. However, if load factors are high enough to make money with them we may see some of them return.
This should not be a surprise. Between labor shortages & skilled trade depletion and supply chain issues - combined with prematurely retiring airframes simply because they "sat too long during covid" (when they should have been kept in rotation - albeit a greatly reduced one) - along with the long-standing, misguided issue of carriers using multiple 3 and 4 seat narrow regionals from/to the same originations and destinations over a 2 hour period (this has been happening for many years) - there could be no other possible outcome.
What good are more airplanes if they have no pilots to fly them?