The Maintenance Costs of Aging Aircraft: Insights from Commercial Aviation

The Maintenance Costs of Aging Aircraft: Insights from Commercial Aviation

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The U.S. Air Force is grappling with the challenge of aging fleets and the optimal time to replace them. This monograph examines commercial aviation data to draw inferences about aging aircraft that may be relevant to the Air Force. It focuses on “aging effects” — i.e., how aircraft maintenance costs change as aircraft grow older. Although commercial aircraft clearly differ from military aircraft, the aging-effect estimates might help the Air Force to project changing maintenance costs over time.