Maybe there is a sense of deja vu here. I'm sure that every time the future of the N°8 has been 'in the news', they have sent out a missive similar to
has been rolled out, as a reason to keep N°8s in service.
Given this has happened for at least 20 years, just how many N°8s and associated parts are there?
Is it more a case that the people who are conversant with repair etc for N°8s are getting fewer and fewer so get something new.
It reminds you some ways of aircraft that are due to go out of service and then they find a way of keeping them going.