Re: Economics of new vs. older planes

From:         Geoff.Miller@Corp.Sun.COM (Geoff Miller)
Organization: Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park, Ca.
Date:         05 Jan 93 00:24:09 PST
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In article <airliners.1992.203@ohare.Chicago.COM> (Terrell D. Drinkard) writes:

>For instance, lots of 727-200s parked at Davis-Monthan, and at Mojave.  

Just an aside, but when did they start storing civilian aircraft at Davis-
Monthan?  The only ones I'm aware of were the 707s acquired for their JT3Ds
(for the KC-135E reengining program), and the odd propliner confiscated in
drug busts.

>Unfortunately for 727 owners, they are stage two noise compliant.  This
>means that they will no longer be allowed to operate in the domestic US 
>after 2000 or so.  Europe is much the same.  This short economic life must
>be take into account before purchasing our hypothetical 727.

Can't they be made Stage III compliant with hush kits?  Even after adding on
this expense, it seems to me that a 727-200 would still be a pretty good
deal compared to the cost of a new or nearly-new airplane.

Also, either UPS or FedEx are reengining their 727s with Rolls-Royce Tays, 
which are Stage III compliant and more fuel efficient than the JT8Ds to boot.
The STC for this conversion might make relatively low-time 727s an even more
attractive option.


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