Preparing aircraft for hibernation


Brussels Airlines has had to temporarily suspend flights, with its entire fleet parked and stored at Brussels Airport. It is not a simple case of ‘lock up and leave’ though,  with a team of 30 maintenance & engineering personnel ensuring the aircraft are stored safely. Storing an Airbus A330 takes about 400 man hours, with maintenance ongoing.

The storage process involves taping all windows to prevent sunlight from decolouring the aircraft interior, and covering all seats, to keep them crisp and clean. The team also packs the landing gears and engines so that birds cannot nest in them and to protect them from corrosion.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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