How a Company Recycles Seldom Used World’s Largest Passenger Plane

They are too big and expensive to fly.

A company called Tarmac Aerosave has figured out how to recycle the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, CNN reported.

The aircraft features four engines, measures 73 meters long and 24 meters high and has a takeoff weight of up to 560 metric tons. 

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Some of the 251 A380s that Airbus built are still in use but carry the stigma of being too large and too expensive to run. 

Tarmac has already recycled six A380s and expects to finish recycling a seventh in March. 

The operation, which can cost six figures, begins by reusing A380 components such as landing gear and engines.

Some A380 parts become spares for the existing fleet, while others go to schools or training facilities. 

The waste management process involves separating materials and sending them to recovery channels. 

Tarmac attempts to recover over 90% of the aircraft by weight and said 1% to 3% becomes residual waste.

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