Recycling an airplane: What's scrapped when an aircraft retires?

Deciding when and how to retire an aircraft is a complicated job for airlines, even in normal times. With Covid-19, the world's fleet has been largely grounded. Many aircraft that might have flown for five, 10 or even more years are being sent to have their valuable parts and systems stripped, and their metals and other materials recycled.

Recycling an airplane: What's scrapped when an aircraft retires?
Deciding when and how to retire an aircraft is a complicated job for airlines, even in normal times. With Covid-19, the world's fleet has been largely grounded. Many aircraft that might have flown for five, 10 or even more years are being sent to have their valuable parts and systems stripped, and their metals and other materials recycled.