Airline cabins are effective indicators of the health of the commercial air transport industry. The fact that carriers such as Qantas, Delta Air Lines and Iberia are sending their fleets for retrofits could be a sign that a recovery is under way, as many modifications are meant to match older aircraft to new models such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787. Intensive cabin modifications, even when combined with a C check to optimize downtime, run up substantial costs when aircraft are ...


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