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Planes being brought out of storage as international travel resumes

Tom Elliott
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Commercial planes that have been under lock and key due to the lack of international travel are preparing to be brought back into service, but it’s not as simple as starting them up again.

The planes, many of which are stored in the desert, have been subject to regular maintenance tests, and some are even checked for snakes before they are made operational again.

Aerospace Design Senior Lecturer at UNSW Dr Sonya Brown said it takes a few weeks for the planes to get up to speed.

“While they’re out in the desert, they’re not necessarily sitting idle for up to two years,” she told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive.

“There will be regular maintenance checks, including regular start-ups of systems to make sure that it is going to be in operational condition.”

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