Aircraft Boneyards & Storage Facilities in Europe
As airliners become outdated or no longer efficient, they are moved to storage in "boneyards" and later returned to service, or eventually reclaimed for parts and materials.
Airplane boneyards in the United States store large numbers of Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer airliners, but other boneyards in Europe offer the same services.
Boneyards provide a variety of operational services, including temporary storage, maintenance, parts reclamation, and scrapping. We discuss below European boneyards that are more significant and well known.
Tarmac Aerosave at the Teruel Airport, Spain
In Eastern Spain, the Teruel Airport, located about 100 miles south of Zaragoza, was constructed as a storage and recycling facility for airliners. It also supports maintenance and servicing operations. Airliners in storage have included aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and other companies.
It is operated by Tarmac Aerosave, and is the largest airliner storage facility in Europe, designed to handle 250 large aircaft.
For more information, visit www. TarmacAerosave.aero
Aerial view of airplane storage area at the Teruel Airport in Spain
View of airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain (photo courtesy of Tarmac Aerosave)
Airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain (photo courtesy of Tarmac Aerosave)
Air Salvage International (ASI) at Cotswold Airport in the U.K.
Air Salvage International (ASI) is one of Europe’s leading airliner storage and maintenance facilities. At Kemble-Cotswold Airport, its environmentally compliant fixed base, it has secure parking for in excess of 20 wide and up to 50 narrow-bodied commercial aircraft.
ASI is a market leader in delivering professional disassembly services to the global aviation industry with almost two decades of experience.
It is located at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, United Kingdom.
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport, Hautes-Pyrénées, France
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport is located 9 km south-southwest of Tarbes and near Lourdes, both communes of the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France. The location is about 120 km from Airbus's Toulouse headquarters.
The airport mainly handles scheduled and charter flights from a variety of airlines across Europe. The airport has sufficient capabilities to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380.
Tarmac Aerosave is an EASA and FAA Part 145 MRO company dedicated to aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, recycling and CFM56 engine recycling in an entirely environmentally friendly manner.
With its headquarters in Tarbes (France) and a new aircraft storage facility in Teruel (Spain), Tarmac Aerosave is able to offer the largest aircraft storage capacity in Europe with space for 250 aircraft.
In November of 2017 the first A380 to exit service, from Singapore Airlines, was flown to Pyrénées Airport for storage while the owner (Dr. Peters) sought a new operator. This aircraft, registered as 9V-SKA, was the third A380 built, the first two being test airframes.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 9V-SKA, to be scrapped
It was reported in June, 2018, that the first two commercially operated A380s are going to be dismantled. These are aircraft MSN 003 (9V-SKA) and MSN 005 (9V-SKB), now painted white. The airliners will not be completely scrapped, but valuable components such as landing gears and electronics will first be salvaged for sale. Engines have already been removed and leased back to Rolls-Royce for use as spares. VAS Aero Services is responsible for parts disassembly and sale.
For more information, contact www.TarmacAerosave.aero
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport, location of Tarmac Aerosave
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