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Paris, France - Like many other airlines around the world, the French flag carrier Air France grounded most of its fleet due to the global health crisis.

180 of the 224 planes in the airline's fleet have currently been parked at the Paris CDG and Orly airports or at the Airbus' Toulouse Blagnac facilities, where the carrier has a maintenance base.

At Paris CDG, 70 technicians inspect grounded planes every day, including Boeing 777s, 787s, Airbus A350s. Operations are mainly geared towards aircraft's sensitive systems that are essential for flight safety such as aerodynamic parts, Pitot sockets, static sockets, incidence and temperature sensors.

Depending on the type of aircraft, the engines are covered with protective covers so that the blades do not start to spin in strong winds. Every week, each engine is started for 15 minutes to ensure the lubrication of the system and avoid any risk of corrosion.

In the cabin, the humidity is checked every day as well. If it exceeds 60%, air conditioners are run to avoid the formation of mold.

Every 30 days, the airplane wheels are lifted with a jack and turned to avoid deformation on the lower section of tires where they touch the ground. And the moving parts of the aircraft are steered from the cockpit regularly so that the joints do not dry out.


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