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Forget mobile phone recycling, this is airplane recycling!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 14:19:30

While most people make a small but significant contribution to the eco-efforts of the world by recycling their old mobile phones, some companies are going even further and choosing to reconstitute private jets in an impressively green aeronautical initiative.

Nextant Aerospace is the company in question, according to a report from the Financial Times. Based in the US, this recycling company works on a much grander scale than many of its rivals.

It has only been operating for five years, but in that time it has recycled a number of Beechjet models in order to make them saleable, sustainable and generally better than the original.

Six thousand hours of work is carried out on each used jet in order to replace almost everything inside and out, with the company estimating that about 80 per cent of the plane is completely renewed.

The overhauled jets are faster when they leave the factory floor than they were when they entered it. They also offer improved efficiency over long distances, with the cost per mile of flight falling by almost a third.

Of course ,you will need quite a bit of cash if you want to pick up the revised Beechjet from Nextant, because it will set you back up to $4.3 million (£2.7 million). However, this is still a very low price for a craft that would cost considerably more if it was bought new from its original manufacturer, despite the fact that it has now been improved beyond recognition.

This kind of setup reflects the mobile phone recycling market quite well, because you can invest in a high end handset that is as good as new, for a fraction of the cost of the factory sealed original. This is why selling old mobile phones, or old jets, is good for the environment and for the pocket.




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