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Australian ‘boneyard’ to store and recycle aircraft

Autralia – Alice Springs Airport in Australia will soon be home to the world’s first dedicated aircraft storage and recycling facility outside of the United States, after an agreement for the construction and operation of the facility was finalised with a storage company.

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) will oversee the day-to-day running of the new ‘boneyard’. The company will work in conjunction with Australian environmental services group GHD on design, engineering and construction of a 110 ha facility to be built opposite the main airport terminal.
‘The creation of our facility is an extremely exciting step for aviation in Australia,’ APAS Managing Director Tom Vincent said in a statement. ‘This project represents the first Asia-Pacific based alternative for customers with aircraft based, or operating through, the region.
‘While aircraft operators/owners have historically ferried aircraft to the west coast of the United States, APAS will now provide a local alternative, delivering significant fleet efficiencies and cost savings,’ he added.
APAS will also provide aircraft recycling and decommissioning services as well as offering short-term or longer storage. The company will now begin discussions with airlines and aircraft lessors to promote the potential benefits of the storage centre in the suitably arid environment of Alice Springs.

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