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Aircraft Exterior Washing - How Often?  
User currently offlineNitro500 From Australia, joined May 2003, 18 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Hi All,

I guess this question is probably aimed at those working in airlines....

Just how often are the exteriors of your typical, say, narrowbody aircraft washed? Is it just after maintenance? Every month?

Would an LCC have a different approach to this than the more traditional mainline carriers?

Just curious!!

NITRO

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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3476 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

AA attempts to route each individual acft to a station that does overnight washes once every 7-10 days. Once there, if maintenance doesn't need to do repairs it should get washed prior to its next flight.


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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

For some, you might argue not often enough!  Wink/being sarcastic

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User currently offlineSkydrolBoy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Depends on the time of year and where its flying, I know here in YLW we wash our a/c once a week in the summer and not at all in the winter. We also wash the a/c before it comes in for maintenance checks.....makes it easier to inspect the airframe.

User currently offlineAirDude66 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

Take a look at an Airlink Turbo Prop....last washed 19??

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

WS has a dedicated crew in YYC which washes their aircraft - they usually do a "surface wash" every couple weeks or less with a machine washer, and then do a much more thurough "spot wash" - washing the a/c about 1 foot at a time, all by hand - every couple months.

Part of the problem with washing aircraft is that they prefer not to use water at all. I know that WS specifically does not use water to clean their aircraft, as then the water and soap gets into crevasses and can cause corrosion problems.



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User currently offlineSurfSlade From Guinea, joined Oct 2003, 124 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

I don't know what Air France is doing but their aircraft are dirty. I know they fly to Guinea, Mali and Senegal… So they might pick up some dirt from there.


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Not as dirty as the other one but still.


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