The storage and retirement of Boeing 737 Classics increased by nearly 25% in 2012, reflecting the aging of the fleet and difficult in finding new homes for some of the models. An analysis using the Aviation Week fleets database shows that 114 Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 aircraft were retired in 2012, up from 81 in 2011. That is a 41% increase. The number of stored Classics, meanwhile, rose from 140 as of Jan. 1, 2012, to 161 by year-end, a 15% increase. There were some ...

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