The large pieces of flying metal that are infused with aircraft technology cannot rule the skies forever. So, what happens when they fail or just give up? Well, airlines can decide to ground them for decommissioning purposes, and in some instances, they can sell them to interested parties who may want to own a piece of this marvelous flying machines in their yards.
Before that happens, we have always wondered the lifespan of an airplane, and what happens when they can no longer service the travel industry because it is not that often we see an airplane yard for defective ones. And how much do those parts go for?
Our guess is that when the cost of repairing or renewing jet engines surpasses the value of a plane, then the machine has to retire. Each year, junk crafts are bought by operators and users who can do other things with them because they are sold off quite affordably. And when that happens, they are shipped to third-party dealers who can salvage what is left of them for sale.
To this end, do you have less than 100K lying around for something utterly outrageous (because you cannot use it, save for ownership rights and bragging points – or, as mentioned, selling parts to another party)? Well, the Kenya Airports Authority has placed an ad on the dailies for people who want to bid for 12 junk plane at Wilson Airport.
The most expensive of the defective planes is the DH 7 that goes for KES 686500. If that is a lot of money for you, then worry not because there is a BE 55 Baron that goes for a rock-bottom KES 94,300. The entire set of the defective planes attract a KES 10 million fee.
The post highlights conditions for the purchase, including details about the bidding process, deposit, and adherence to bidding dates.
KAA is aligning its operations to just not abandoning worn-out planes because they will be liable for some charges, such as storage and so forth. In some instances, airports seek previous owners of junk craft to task them with parking, storage, property tax, or environmental damage fees. One way to avoid all this drama is actioning the machines to people who are willing to salvage them.
Maybe the next cooking pot you buy could have toured the world before it lands in your kitchen.