Market Presence. The surprise is that there are still DC10-30s in service. Gone are such flag carrier names as British Airways, SAS, Sabena, Swissair, Lufthansa, MAS, Northwest, Thai. The operator base of the â€“30, a prime consideration when assessing current and future values, has declined between year-end 1990 and 2008 from 32 to three. The DC10-30 now possesses the capital cost and market attraction for greater ad hoc charter use but the cost of a D check is around $3.2 million and a relatively modest engine overhaul $1.5 million per engine. The landing gear, featuring the centre line unit, can also add considerably to the overhaul cost. The maintenance status of the more elderly â€“30s can therefore represent 100 percent of the total value compared to less than 10-15 percent for a similar capacity but younger widebody twin.
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