Cut Up in the Cotswolds

As more than 800 737 MAXs are poised to return to service and airlines look to shrink their fleets post-COVID-19, the aircraft teardown industry could be facing an unprecedented rush, but it isn't all good news. Mark Gregory, Air Salvage International’s founder and managing director, talks to Airliner World about this latest challenge.

Mark Gregory formed the company after stripping a former Dan-Air Hawker Siddeley HS 748 for spares on behalf of an operator.

There’s no greater indication of how much the airliner teardown industry has changed since Air Salvage International (ASI) was formed, than that its name no longer fits.

When the founder, Mark Gregory, began dismantling aircraft for spares – starting with a Hawker Siddeley HS 748 purchased with money from his Dan-Air redundancy – he was dealing with salvage. The Woodford, Cheshire-built turboprop, G-ARAY (c/n 1535), had made its first flight some 29 years earlier and was at the end of its useful life.

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