Retiring labor-intensive air transport aircraft, such as the Airbus A300, DC-9, and Boeing 737 and 747 Classics, will help decrease maintenance labor hours per aircraft by 12% for narrowbodies and 25% for widebodies, according to AeroStrategy. The consulting firm says the 787 and A350XWB won’t impact the maintenance, repair and overhaul market much by 2018 because “they will only represent 5% of events at this time.” AeroStrategy predicts the decreasing man-hours requirements could reduce ...

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