Thvgjp From Ukraine, joined Mar 2002, 158 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1960 times:
While spotting at BWI on Monday 2/2/04 I saw a silver SWA Plane land about 1715utc. It landed just after UAL252. I wish I had film in my camera to get a shot of it. The body was silver and just the tail was painted in the livery. Looked neat, much better than the current livery. I realise this plane must be brand new but dont you think they would paint the whole aircraft prior to delivery at Boeing. Any input or ideas as to what was going on here. The stripes were painted on the body, the only thing
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
The buff time for the Aircraft Appearance Technicians to do this (this was their responsibility, not the A&P's) took too long and the costs to pay for the buffing system plus overtime was too costly so they decided to just paint it silver, that saved even more money because now all it needs is wax after every check.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.