US major airlines will need to spend an estimated $110 billion to update their fleets, but even if they had the money, which they don't, the order backlog at Airbus and Boeing "means any replacements are years from delivery," according to a report from UK-based Ascend. The consultancy figures that US carriers operate 1,420 aircraft that will be coming to the end of their service lives over the next 15 years. It said problems "are particularly acute" for American Airlines, Northwest Airlines ...

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