Aircraft Boneyards & Storage Facilities in Europe


As airliners become outdated or no longer efficient, they are moved to storage in "boneyards" and later returned to service, or eventually reclaimed for parts and materials.

Airplane boneyards in the United States store large numbers of Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer airliners, but other boneyards in Europe offer the same services.

Boneyards provide a variety of operational services, including temporary storage, maintenance, parts reclamation, and scrapping. We discuss below European boneyards that are more significant and well known.

Tarmac Aerosave at the Teruel Airport, Spain

In Eastern Spain, the Teruel Airport, located about 100 miles south of Zaragoza, was constructed as a storage and recycling facility for airliners. It also supports maintenance and servicing operations. Airliners in storage have included aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and other companies.

It is operated by Tarmac Aerosave, and is the largest airliner storage facility in Europe, designed to handle 250 large aircaft.

For more information, visit www. TarmacAerosave.aero

Aerial view of airplane storage area at the Teruel Airport in Spain
Aerial view of airplane storage area at the Teruel Airport in Spain
View of airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain (photo courtesy of Tarmac Aerosave)
View of airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain
Airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain (photo courtesy of Tarmac Aerosave)
Airliners in storage at the Tarmac Aerosave facility at the Teruel Airport in Spain


Air Salvage International (ASI) at Cotswold Airport in the U.K.

Air Salvage International (ASI) is one of Europe’s leading airliner storage and maintenance facilities. At Kemble-Cotswold Airport, its environmentally compliant fixed base, it has secure parking for in excess of 20 wide and up to 50 narrow-bodied commercial aircraft.

ASI is a market leader in delivering professional disassembly services to the global aviation industry with almost two decades of experience.

It is located at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, United Kingdom.

Aerial view of Cotswold Airport in the U.K., location of Air Salvage International
Aerial view of Cotswold Airport in the United Kingdom, location of Air Salvage International

Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport, Hautes-Pyrénées, France

Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport is located 9 km south-southwest of Tarbes and near Lourdes, both communes of the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France. It mainly handles scheduled and charter flights from a variety of airlines across Europe. The airport has sufficient capabilities to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747.

Tarmac Aerosave is an EASA and FAA Part 145 MRO company dedicated to aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, recycling and CFM56 engine recycling in an entirely environmentally friendly manner.

With its headquarters in Tarbes (France) and a new aircraft storage facility in Teruel (Spain), Tarmac Aerosave is able to offer the largest aircraft storage capacity in Europe with space for 250 aircraft.

For more information, contact www.TarmacAerosave.aero

Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport, location of Tarmac Aerosave
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport, location of Tarmac Aerosave

 

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