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London, UK - Airlines around the world were forced to ground most of the airliners in their fleets. Most of them are Airbus and Boeing jets.

For instance, more than 7,000 Airbus planes are currently grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic. Travel data and analytics expert Cirium has compiled a list of the Airbus jets removed from the skies as airlines slash the number of flights.

In total there are 7,372 Airbus jets removed from operations - parked up around the globe. This includes nearly all the A380s in the world with only two of 239 jets classed as being in service. British Airways' A380 fleet is parked up at Chateauroux Centre Marcel Dassault Airport in France.

There are also just over 3,500 A320 family planes out of service from a total fleet of more than 5,000. Airbus is assisting airlines who are dealing with suddenly ensuring so many planes remain in top condition so they are ready to take-off again when restrictions are eased and flight numbers increase.

A spokesman said: "Customer services teams are working hard to adapt maintenance recommendations and support customers who have fleets partially or wholly grounded during this period.


"The situation calls for exceptional measures and reactivity to provide pragmatic support to operators during this difficult period while keeping the highest levels of safety."

Gilles de Cevins, head of maintenance programs and services, said: "Never in the history of aviation have airlines had to ground so many aircraft, so quickly.

"They need help to reduce the huge and sudden maintenance workload, and to ensure a quick return to service when required."

In addition to increasing its support teams and giving recommendations to customers, Airbus is providing technical justifications and solutions for maintenance burden reduction.

This includes extending calendar intervals for scheduled maintenance tasks and reducing the frequency of periodic ground checks from every week to every two weeks. Globally a total of 16,800 passenger aircraft are classified as in storage by Cirium as of April 24, as they had not been tracked making a flight for at least seven consecutive days.

This is the equivalent of almost two thirds (64%) of the entire global fleet of around 26,300 jets. Airbus jets account for 7,372 of all in-storage aircraft and 3,369 of the remaining in-service fleet.

Via MSN

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