The average and median age of commercial jets being retired each year is dropping to the lowest level in two decades, an Aviation Week worldwide fleet analysis shows. For each year from 1997 through 2008, the average and median age for aircraft being retired ranged from about 28 to 30 years, aside from one dip in median age to 27 years in 2005. The retirement age broke out of that steady range in 2009, dropping to an average of 26.5 and median of 24.8 years, and has stayed at the lower ...

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