Economic Naturalism, Airplane Edition

Fans of "The

Economic Naturalist" (see here

for an explanation of the idea behind the book, and here

for a fan’s notes) are always on the lookout for more everyday puzzles along

those lines. So here’s one from Aaron


Why are passenger airplanes flown by airlines usually relatively new while

freight airplanes may be very old?

I’m not completely convinced by Aaron’s answer, but this is on a blog, which

means that of course a commenter adds some useful information about aircraft

design and regulation in the comments.

I think there’s quite an appetite for this kind of question, so do let me know

if you come up with one in the middle of the night.

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