As part of my research for a feature I’m writing on aircraft recycling, I just got off the phone with Martin Fraissignes, executive director of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), who let it slip that a project is under consideration to find a way of recycling all those abandoned airliners that have been left to deteriorate in various parts of the world.
Due to a shortage of aircraft recycling facilities, in many parts of the world unloved and unwanted aircraft are simply left to the elements, where they either leak pollutants or have parts removed and sold on the black market, Fraissignes tells me.
AFRA is “working on a project to launch on a worldwide basis” to address this issue. I’m afraid I can’t give you any details on how such a project would work – Fraissignes says it’s “just an idea” at this stage. But you heard it here first.
Obviously a global aircraft recycling initiative would require massive amounts of political will and co-operation, so I won’t hold my breath. But Fraissignes is hoping some kind of global project could be launched “within two years”.