How Airlines Are Defending Dormant 737 MAX Jets From The Ravages Of Corrosion, Insects And Time
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August 12, 2019 - by Jeremy Bogaisky for forbes.com
Boeing 737 MAX planes have been stuck on the ground now for five months. With the likelihood rising that they won't return to service before the winter, some airlines may soon have to deal with the danger that the planes could literally become stuck to the ground.
Tires of planes that are parked for long periods of time can freeze to the tarmac during sub-zero weather, warns a Boeing maintenance manual for the previous generation of 737 aircraft.
It advises maintenance workers to place sand or a coarse fiber mat under the tires and covers over the wheels and brake assemblies to protect them from the corrosive effects of rain and snow.
With the end of summer drawing closer, Air Canada is considering moving its 24 737 MAX planes south to the gentler climes of a desert storage yard, a spokesperson told Forbes. WestJet says it's content to keep its 13 planes in Canada, spooling up the engines every week and taking them for a spin on the apron around their hangars.
Airlines have had 387 MAX planes sitting quietly at airports and storage facilities around the world...
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