Mothballed jetliners returning to service

Airlines that parked some of their planes in the desert in Southern California and Arizona have begun putting those planes back in service.

Bloomberg News reports that airlines retrieved some 200 aircraft from their desert storage lots in May and June this year.

The latest among those were British Airways and Hong Kongs Cathay Pacific Airways that pulled 747s out of storage to use on international routes. In some cases, those 747s will replace smaller Boeing 777s on busy routes such as Dallas-London.

Airlines fared reasonably well during the recession because they sidelined capacity to meet demand.