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Delta, United and other airlines send their largest planes to the desert for storage

The rear fins of passenger aircraft, mainly Delta Air Lines, are parked at the Pinal Airpark on Wednesday March 18 in Red Rock, Arizona. he Airpark is primarily used as a

US airlines, including Delta and United, are sending their larger planes to a so-called “boneyard” in the desert for storage, as they significantly reduce operations due to the coronavirus.

Delta Air Lines, among others, is turning to Pinal Airpark about 90 miles south of Phoenix, to keep the planes in good condition when not in use during the global health crisis.

The “boneyard” houses hundreds of retired commercial and military aircraft which are stored in dry desert conditions to prevent them from rusting.

Major airlines have been forced to cut services almost every day in light of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which was extended this week to the UK and the rest of Europe.

The rear fins of passenger aircraft, mainly Delta Air Lines, are parked at the Pinal Airpark on Wednesday March 18 in Red Rock, Arizona. he Airpark is primarily used as a “boneyard” for commercial aircraft, and older aircraft are stored there in the hope that the desert climate will prevent them from rusting

A Delta Air Lines ground plane was repaired by the ground crew at Pinal Airpark on Wednesday

A Delta Air Lines ground plane was repaired by the ground crew at Pinal Airpark on Wednesday

An aerial view of Pinal Airpark, where many old airplanes are resting lying in the Arizona sun, taken in 2018

An aerial view of Pinal Airpark, where many old airplanes are resting lying in the Arizona sun, taken in 2018

Pinal Airpark is a public-use airport in Pinal County, Arizona, approximately 7 miles from the central business district of Marana.

It covers an area of ​​2,080 acres and has a single runway measuring 6,849 by 150 feet.

The footage shows that recently landed Delta Air Lines planes have been towed over a runway from the Pinal Airpark to Red Rock.

Disused and suspended commercial aircraft are seen stored in Pinal Air Park on March 19, above and below

Disused and suspended commercial aircraft are seen stored in Pinal Air Park on March 19, above and below

US airlines cut domestic and foreign flights in response to coronavirus pandemic

US airlines cut domestic and foreign flights in response to coronavirus pandemic

Delta, United and other airlines send their largest planes to the desert for storage

The Airpark is mainly used as a “boneyard” for commercial aircraft, and older aircraft are stored there in the hope that the desert climate will prevent them from rusting.

Most aging planes that land in the airfield will never take flight again and the skeletons of many older models can be found exposed to the sun.

Delta landed its last Boeing 747 passenger plane to rest at the Arizona cemetery in January 2018, marking the last jumbo flight by an American carrier.

United Airlines previously removed its latest model from service in November when it flew on the same route as the first version of the airline’s plane, stolen in 1970.

An out-of-service aircraft is seen among various small aircraft at the Pinal Airpark, which is mainly used as a “boneyard” for commercial aircraft

Abandoned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen yesterday stored in the Pinal air park. Most aging planes that land in the airfield will never take flight again and the skeletons of many older models can be found exposed to the sun

Abandoned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen yesterday stored in the Pinal air park. Most aging planes that land in the airfield will never take flight again and the skeletons of many older models can be found exposed to the sun

Decommissioned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen stored in the Pinal Airpark on March 19, 2020 in Marana, Arizona. US airlines cut domestic and foreign flights in response to President Donald Trump's coronavirus pandemic and travel ban and published reports indicate that some of the unused aircraft will end up in the facility

Decommissioned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen stored in the Pinal Airpark on March 19, 2020 in Marana, Arizona. US airlines cut domestic and foreign flights in response to President Donald Trump’s coronavirus pandemic and travel ban and published reports indicate that some of the unused aircraft will end up in the facility

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Decommissioned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen Thursday in the Pinal Air Park. Delta dropped its last Boeing 747 to rest at the Arizona cemetery in January 2018, marking the last jumbo flight by an American carrier

Decommissioned and suspended commercial aircraft are seen Thursday in the Pinal Air Park. Delta dropped its last Boeing 747 to rest at the Arizona cemetery in January 2018, marking the last jumbo flight by an American carrier

With a stripped passenger plane in the foreground, a recently landed Delta Air Lines plane is worked by the ground crew at the Pinal Airpark

With a stripped passenger plane in the foreground, a recently landed Delta Air Lines plane is worked by the ground crew at the Pinal Airpark

A recently installed Delta Air Lines jet is towed on a runway at the Pinal Airpark. Many passenger planes are kept in the facility as airlines cut back on services due to the new coronavirus pandemic

A recently installed Delta Air Lines jet is towed on a runway at the Pinal Airpark. Many passenger planes are kept in the facility as airlines cut back on services due to the new coronavirus pandemic

Airlines have been forced to cut services due to the new coronavirus pandemic, with many countries closing their borders to foreign travelers in unprecedented efforts to smooth the infection curve.

Delta Air Lines has suspended many routes after President Donald Trump announced a month-long international travel restriction on Wednesday.

As of this week, the airline has flown a “dramatically reduced US-Europe schedule.”

Travel demand plunged worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, with business and leisure travelers canceling their trips.

Delta Air Lines passenger planes put on hold are joined by Delta planes recently arrived at Pinal Airpark, photographed Wednesday

Delta Air Lines passenger planes put on hold are joined by Delta planes recently arrived at Pinal Airpark, photographed Wednesday

A recently landed Delta Air Lines plane is towed on Wednesday in front of two stripped passenger planes at the Pinal Airpark

A recently landed Delta Air Lines plane is towed on Wednesday in front of two stripped passenger planes at the Pinal Airpark

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