Research paper argues that standard aircraft retirement age of 25 will remain the norm
Avolon has issued a research paper on the economic lives and retirement patterns of commercial aircraft. The paper argues that there is little evidence to alter the view that the standard 25 year aircraft depreciation policy currently practiced by the global aviation industry is appropriate. It says that the average retirement age for all commercial jet aircraft is close to 26 years and that this number, which has increased steadily over time, appears to have stabilised.

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