"Boneyards" see growth as air travel declines

03/16/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

This year could see a record number of grounded aircraft, and "boneyards" like the one in Victorville, Calif., are filling up fast. The former Air Force base already has nearly 200 aircraft parked on its tarmac with engines removed and windows covered in foil. Based on the level of inquiries, officials believe another 50 planes could arrive by summer, and maximum capacity is 300. Airline consultant Michael Boyd estimates that only 10% to 20% of the planes will fly again.

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