As fuel prices decline and older aircraft become more profitable to operate at higher utilizations than new aircraft, many operators are keeping older aircraft flying longer and pulling many aircraft from storage.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), during the first half of 2017, carriers reactivated 125 aircraft from storage and returned them to service. Depending on their condition prior to deactivation, this represents a sizeable investment in the number of seats available for service, and potentially significant costs to regenerate these aircraft.
Now the questions facing airlines and operators are:
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