Alexinwa From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
I was at work today (SEA) and as I headed home I saw 3 UA 757's, 2 777's and 1 319/320 sitting at the N gates. All but the newly painted 777 had something in common.......ALL FILTHY!!!
It looked like months of grim and smut dripping from every window down the belly. 1 of the 757's and 1 of the 320's looked as if it hadn't seen a paint job in 10 years. The grey looked like some of the 744's they had in storage for a few years.
I then took a look at some of the AS fleet sitting at the D concourse. All white, pretty, and clean enough to eat off of. I haven't seen A/C this dirty ever at SEA. A DL 763 a year or so ago looked as if it hadn't been cleaned EVER, but these UA a/c looked much worse.
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2414 times:
UA has been keeping the newly painted planes clean (look through the database, especially at Ted). The grey paints are worn down...no duh they're going to look like crap. UA has more important things to worry about than making sure each and every one of their planes are shiny and spotless. And if you think pax aren't going to fly UA because some planes might be a little dirty, I ask you to look at Iberia and Air France.
Alexinwa From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
Im not knocking UA, just making an observation.
Now, if UA was holding back the cleaning to re-paint in the new colors, that would make a little sense to me. Guess I'm asking a question as much as I'm making an observation.
This was not the first time I have seen UA's a/c look like this. I would find it very had to believe that this was overnight condensation considering the 777 was going on to DEN as an IB a/c from NRT!! The time was about 1400 local.
BTW.....it was a beautiful clear day and 62 today at SEA.
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 761 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
Fluffy: Aircraft do not get washed like cars. I believe JAL (and perhaps other airlines) have special hangers for this.
UA can afford a new paint scheme because aircraft are scheduled to be re-painted every X number of years. So, painting them in a new livery is not a cost issue but one of image. UA may not be washing but they still are painting - it takes time when you have 500+ airplanes
GQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Thats true. But just to get a layer of grime off, water would work. Ok, so I work for GQ, a no-frills regional airline with a dozen Fairchild Metros and Beech 1900Ds. If an aircraft looks dirty, they get hosed down. Believe it or not, it works somewhat. Pax response is generaly positive (hey, that plane looks pretty good. New paint job?) I'm not saying its going to get grease, adf, or exaust trails off, but IMHO it's better then nothing.
Edit: hosed down with a nozzle attachment. Figured it would be assumed. Sorry...
D950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1916 times:
Looks can also be deceiving, I recently flew N511UA (newly painted) JFK-LAX and while the exterior was great, nothing inside worked worth a ****. Conversely, the dirty A320's I am always on are immaculate inside and very functional. You have to just take the good with the ok!!
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