Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7425 times:
Ok, so the 1st UA Boeing 744 to be painted in the new livery, N196UA, went to the paintshop last week. When will it be unveiled in the new livery? I have not been able to see a photo of it yet, and no reports of it being seen have been posted. I know the 744 is a big aircraft, but I can't imagine it taking more than 3 days to completely repaint. Basically what I would like is the rollout date of the first UA Boeing 744 in the new livery, now that it is currently being repainted.
Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7318 times:
You have to take into consideration that the only reason that the a/c is in the paint shop is b/c its in the shop for D checks or D related checks. Stuff happens and I don't know the order in which stuff goes but checks and final fix this or that do need to take place.
I too look forward to seeing this huge bird maybe I'll catch her or one of her sisters when I fly SFO-FRA....
Nz1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2287 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6757 times:
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I have to laugh about your comment saying it can't take any more than 3 days to paint a 744. Believe me, all the repaints on our fleet have taken up to 10 to complete. It is a huge job to paintstrip, seal, mask and then paint a 744. Then there are the finishing touches such as decals and regulatory markings etc.
Airliner777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3854 times:
A D-Check is accomplished every certain amount of hours and cycles. Every operator has a different maintenance program, which allows them to have the aircraft grounded for less time. When it comes to a D-Check, that is a Heavy Check! Now days, a D-Check is not common, because of the amount of time that the aircraft stays on the ground (usually from 30-45 days, and more). Basically what many airlines do is a C-Check (which takes less time) and finish the rest through a process called "Progressive Maintenance."
Every A, B, C, or D-Check is accomplished depending on the operator's program, which of course it needs to be approved by the FAA.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3599 times:
...but I can't imagine it taking more than 3 days to completely repaint
3 days..?? What are you smoking...?? A 747-400 will take around 14 days to paint...and that's working 24hrs a day...!! Also, UAL doesn't paint there own aircraft and most are taken right off line, and not necessarily out of D-check.
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