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Cost Of A New C/s?  
User currently offlineBOSugaDL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

I was just wondering how an airline like NW can slap a new c/s on all there planes while loosing money? The research and product testing must be rather expensive. With that, pulling the plans out of service and the actual cost of painting the plans must hurt the airline's wallets. It seems that a new c/s is not the most important thing and airline should be worrying about....Especially when they are receiving checks from the government,checks written with our tax dollars(those of us from the US anyway)

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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

When an airplane goes in for a D check, its completely stripped and repainted. It is then that an airline repaints its planes without unscheduled downtime.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

Some of your concerns are indeed valid, such as the design and research into the new product. But, one major misconception is that it airlines specifically pull their airplanes from service and repaint them. During some of the more advanced maintenance checks, all the paint has to be removed from the airplane. When it is time to repaint it, it is simply painted in the new colors instead of the old. This is why it usually takes so long for airlines to get their entire fleet painted. These maintenance checks don't come up that often.

User currently offline744rules From Belgium, joined Mar 2002, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

It also depends if the carriers just wants to change the c/s or change the whole image. As an example I would like to take SIA. When they changed to their "rainbow" livery, they not only repainted two a/c for promotion, but they also changed all the china. If on top of that you want to change all the slogans, logo's on all of your promotion material, tickets, invoices, .... the total amount of the changes raises very fast.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

From what I understand from when this was discussed on here ages ago, the old NW colour scheme cost alot of money to maintain compared to what the new colour scheme will cost, so in the long run they will actually be saving money.

Personally, I think if an airline wants to change it's colour scheme they should get on the net and ask some of the people out there to do it and give them a chance to show what they can do. Some of the schemes I've seen that people have come up with on the net are way way better than what the airlines pay millions of $$$ for to some design company, and they could save some money by offering a small cash sum and maybe free flights for life to the winner.


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User currently offlineSjoerd From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

A new color scheme can make an airline more attractive, it could be seen as an investment to become profitable again.

Flanders + Wallonnia + Brussels = the UNITED STATES of BELGIUM
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Aeroflot are spending $10 million to promote their brand.



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