Airplane sales booming

Airlines are buying new airplanes at a rapid pace, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

U.S. and international airlines have ordered more than 8,200 new airplanes from manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus in the last five years, according to the report.

The result is a two-fold increase in the number of airplanes that are being produced each week in the past decade, going from 11 a decade ago to 24 today.

The report said airlines are storing retired planes in desert locations like Roswell, N.M., because the dry heat prevents the jet’s aluminum facades from being damaged.

Airlines are using the old planes for scrap metal, the report says.