Tag: world’s largest aircraft

How Are Planes Decommissioned, and How Much Value Can Be Salvaged From Their Parts?

On average, an aircraft is operable for about 30 years before it has to be retired. A Boeing 747 can endure about 35,000 pressurization cycles and flights—roughly 135,000 to 165,000 flight hours—before metal fatigue sets in. 747s are retired after approximately 27 years of service. Early wide-body planes, like the […]