Global Association Built By Leading Aircraft Recycling Firms Elect Board of Directors in France

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Today in Châteauroux, France the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), a global organization formed to improve aircraft retirement practices, has elected their Board of Directors, Executive Director, and drafted a Charter for member companies executive signature.

In addition to AFRA’s inherent knowledge base the organization will play a key role in sustainable development and they will utilize modern, established facilities in Europe and North America for all operational requirements.

Today in Châteauroux, France the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), a global organization formed to improve aircraft retirement practices, has elected their Board of Directors, Executive Director, and drafted a Charter for member companies executive signature. Founding Members’ collective experience in aircraft re-sale, repair, refurbishment, disassembly and recycling totals more than 130 years and include the following companies: Adherent Technologies - Affiliate Member (Albuquerque NM), Air Salvage International (Alton UK), Bartin Recycling Group (Châteauroux, France), Châteauroux Air Center (Châteauroux, France), Evergreen Air Center, (Marana AZ), Europe Aviation (Châteauroux, France), Huron Valley Steel (Tucson, AZ), Milled Carbon Ltd (Warwickshire, UK), The Boeing Company – Affiliate Member (Chicago, IL), and WINGNet – Affiliate Member (Oxford, UK). While not directly involved in aircraft fleet recycling as a major part of their respective businesses, Affiliate Members Boeing and WINGNet bring unique perspectives to issues pertinent to the AFRA mission that will be valuable to the organization. “Our members have collectively re-marketed and recertified more than 1,500 airplanes, recycled and reclaimed more than 2,500 commercial aircraft and more than 1,000 military aircraft,” states Martin Fraissignes, General Manager Sales & Marketing for Châteauroux Air Center. “In addition to AFRA’s inherent knowledge base the organization will play a key role in sustainable development and they will utilize modern, established facilities in Europe and North America for all operational requirements.”

Industry experts estimate that thousands of commercial aircraft will leave revenue service and be retired in the next 10 to 15 years. With these large estimates facing the aviation industry, leading companies are taking action and facilitating projects within AFRA. “Boeing supports efforts like AFRA that will foster experience-based, environmentally sound practices”, states Bill Glover, Director, Environmental Performance Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The primary objectives AFRA Founding Members share include:

  • Development of a code of conduct for aging aircraft management
  • Establishment of next-generation standards and practices
  • Expansion of AFRA standards and best-practices through broader industry association
  • Continued cooperation between all AFRA members in technical and commercial matters

“The materials recovery technologies in AFRA will be an important step forward for the industry”, said Bill Carberry, Project Manager Airplane & Composite Recycling for Boeing Commercial Aircraft. The longer-range plans include the recycling of aircraft interiors and an expansion of AFRA to other areas of the world. “To summarize, our Founding Members within AFRA represent forward thinking companies that will make a positive impact towards the future of aging aircraft recycling and overall value”, states Paul Worthington, Senior Director of Marketing for Evergreen Air Center.

To learn more about AFRA and the Founding Members that led this global association, please visit their website at: http://www.AFRAassociation.org

About The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA)

The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is a global association formed to improve aircraft retirement practices. AFRA, currently composed of European and North American companies, will work to provide an industry code of conduct and next generation standards and practices for an integrated fleet-management process that is economically viable and environmentally preferred. Founding Members’ collective experience in aircraft re-sale, refurbishment, disassembly and recycling totals more than 130 years and include the following companies: Adherent Technologies - Affiliate Member (Albuquerque NM), Air Salvage International (Alton UK), Bartin Recycling Group (Châteauroux, France), Châteauroux Air Center (Châteauroux, France), Evergreen Air Center, (Marana AZ), Europe Aviation (Châteauroux, France), Huron Valley Steel (Tucson, AZ), Milled Carbon Ltd (Warwickshire, UK), The Boeing Company - Affiliate Member (Chicago, IL), and WINGNet - Affiliate Member (Oxford, UK). Members are independent entities wholly responsible for their own actions. AFRA accepts no responsibility or liability for the activities of any other legal entity.

For more information regarding this release please contact:    

Martin Fraissignes

Chateauroux Air Center            

V: +33.254.60.53.71 (France)

Paul Worthington

Evergreen Air Center            

V: +1.520.616.5041 (USA)

Pauline Bucaille

The Boeing Company

V: + 33 6 89 69 41 10 (France)

Press Release submitted by: Corcoran Associates

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