Maybe the airline that owns the plane uses it for other things during the off-season. Would seem kinda silly to park an airplane for 8 months a year.
Yeah, the more I think of it, the more that sounds right. I know if you let a car sit for 8 months, the chances it starts up are about -20%. Considering a jet airplane is probably a bit more advanced set of machinery, I imagine it's a risk that is not worth taking.
but the liability alone is crazy. I get 'maintenance; but these things are flight recorded for a certain amount of flight 'hours'. You dont fly a thing like this into ATL to keep her 'purring', IMO
Might be totally off base