From Avtel at Mojave,
Now comes the case of N404US. It arrived here, we
pulled the engines and shipped them back to PIT, per
the USAW instructions. After the engines arrived in
PIT, they turned them around and are shipping them
back here (some trucker is making a killing!), and
when they arrive, we''ll reinstall them, then the plane
will fly back to PIT. A lot of money wasted by a
Reportedly the same thing happened with a/c 334.
The discussion has beeen that this is due to negotiations with the lessor...but does anyone know the cost of ferrying an a/c PIT-MHV r/t, then shipping the engines back, R/T! I''m willing to bet it will take quite a few months of the negotiated ''reduced'' payments to make this up.
I might not know everything, but to an outsider, this seems like a stupid waste of $.
If this was the intention, why not just tape up the a/c at PIT for a week?
Some of the aircraft originally retired have been brought back into service for reasons beyond anyone's real control. A 737-400 was damaged in a tail strike, and instead of taking the extended downtime it would require to repair the aircraft, it was decided to retire it and bring one back from the desert. Another aircraft had a gear problem and was subsequently retired (it was a 737-300, so that may explain aircraft 334 coming back into service).