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This Iberia Aircraft Is A Disgrace!  
User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19403 times:

I have seen cleaner aircraft parked up in the desert!

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What do you think?

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User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19391 times:

Nice picture description...

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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19377 times:

Looks like Air France has some competition for the title "Most dirtiest plane"   biggrin 

[Edited 2005-04-28 23:11:38]

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User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19364 times:

where the hell was that flying too?!? obiously somwhere with a few factories/power plants on final

User currently offlineACYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19331 times:

Mexico City much? Geez...that IS pretty ridiculous!

User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19299 times:

It looks just like it came from the desert!


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19269 times:

wow i guess iberia caught on to Air france's cleaning secret Big grin

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User currently offlineBOS2LAF From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19266 times:

Man, I've seen cleaner AF planes (not even including the factory fresh ones). and when you can say that some of AF's planes are cleaner than one of yours, you know its time for a bath.

User currently offlineBNAflyer78 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19260 times:

Apparently Iberia is seriously competing with Air France!

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User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19259 times:

Oh no, Iberia is stealing AF planes!! LOL  Wink

User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19252 times:

The environmentalists gotta love it...tangible proof of water conservation. :0)

User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19251 times:

Ummm...I think as long as the inside of thier planes don't look like that then everything is ok! I mean it's not like the paint is chipping off or the metal peeling back. As long as my seat is clean and the aircraft smells good...I'm happy.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19219 times:

A plane like that one looks really really unsafe...isn't it?

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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 19195 times:

More shots of the filth....

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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 19072 times:

Quoting Bongo (Reply 12):
A plane like that one looks really really unsafe...isn't it?

I was thinking the same thing..

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User currently offlineLPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 19016 times:

Quoting Bongo (Reply 12):
A plane like that one looks really really unsafe...isn't it?

He's too busy making money for IB to be cleaned. I'll flyer, just give me a ticket.


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User currently offlineRams777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18989 times:

Not too many differences in these two photos!!!

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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18924 times:

You won't believe me when I say that I have seen more then a couple of clean Iberia aircraft.

A319s (some)
A340-300s (some)
A340-600s (almost all)

No Vueling No Party
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18903 times:

I could never understand why people are making such a big deal about a dirty aircraft. Does dirt on the outside have any influence on the safety or the comfort?


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4092 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18875 times:

During my internship at GlobeGround Ecuador at UIO, we handled the MAD flight every afternoon. I can tell you, it came dirty every single time. And no, is wasn't always the same a/c. All of them were that way.

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18799 times:

Yes, those IB planes look very dirty. While that would hopefully have no effect on their safety the truth is that it presents a very poor image of the airline. If one for instance were to go to an agency to rent a car and visited one with clean and shiny cars, then went to another with cars covered in dirt and dust, who would you rent from? Yes, what's under the hood counts too but the first impression can be very important.

TrintoCan... I have to fly them next month...

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User currently offlineCanadi>n From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18753 times:

It reminds me of an old Iberia advertising slogan from the 1960's...

IBERIA...Where only the plane gets more attention than you!

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 18676 times:

It tends to be A340s that are dirty a/c. Is it because of their crappy climb performance that they pick up more dirt from the ground?  Silly

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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 18632 times:

Dirty airplanes not only presents a negative image of an airline, but it costs an airline money. Dirt causes drag on the plane as well as adding weight to the plane. This results in increased fuel burn.

User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 18633 times:

Such a total nonsensical, and trivial, thread!!
Honestly, do some of you have nothing to do but gripe or find fault with the most trivial things?
We are supposed to be aviation enthusiasts here.......yet some have the stupidy to question if dirty paintwork on an aircraft makes it unsafe????????
Oh please! get real......or better still, grow up!

25 TACAA320 : I will never go to a restaurant that obviously looks dirty from outside. Do you? Some things "enter" throught the eyes.
26 Xkorpyoh : I have seen those IB 340 a couple of times in SCL and they do look like that.
27 Senorcarnival : What if someone told you, "Taca, this little restaurant is awesome, it's dirty outside, but the food is delicious!" Would you go then? Now, let's put
28 Wingman : It certainly doesn't do much for an airline's image or perception of quality. I guess some on this thread would rent a car covered in bird crap and th
29 IBERIA747 : Having flown on them 10 times in the last 2 years, I can tell you they are completely different on the inside. Even have pics...
30 Sabena332 : Yes, because the cook is not the cleaner of the facade! As I already wrote, a dirty aircraft is not unsafe and the dirt outside the aircraft is absul
31 Post contains images SWISSER : Consider this, long range planes fly almost 20 hours a day, they "work" almost 2.5 times more than some of us do (normal jobs off course!not aviation
32 BALandorLivery : Nobody is suggesting that dirty aircraft are unsafe! But if all the other airlines (apart from air france) can keep their aircraft clean, why can't I
33 Xkorpyoh : would they benefit from a shiny bare silver look like AA or keep cleaning the white?
34 SQ773 : Not at all, Sabena332, but you know that THIS would be unthinkable on a LH or LX airplane. Just search for any photo and show it, if you can... Altho
35 TACAA320 : Only if I trust that someone. IB service is great... Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmm Of course. But I still prefer a clean one. In and out.
36 Jamie757 : I must admit, flying on a plane that's as filthy as that wouldn't exactly fill me with confidence (I'm sure many would disagree with me), but the impr
37 OH-LGA : Yes, dirty aircraft certainly do not in any way usually reflect the airworthiness of an aircraft. But, nonetheless, popular opinion among the general
38 Sabena332 : LH don't need dirty planes to be a disgrace, they are anyway. Patrick
39 Post contains images 2H4 : It all comes down to pride and professionalism. Funny how some people here think it's stupid to be concerned about the outward appearance of an aircra
40 GQfluffy : Not to knock my own airline...but I see this more often then not when the flight crew only has 8 hrs of turnaround from the previous flight the night
41 PapaNovember : Those "dirt stripes" are vertical, not horizontal. That plane has been sitting somewhere it rains a lot and has very polluted air - like Mexico City.
42 Post contains links and images Nikrc : This is how clean an airliner should be: View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael W. Rosa Of course an planes worthiness is not limited if it's dirt
43 SLC1 : This is probably the case with Iberia. Image doesn't necessarily reflect truth in safety, one does not cause the other, but image can be a good indic
44 TACAA320 : Where did I said so? Is not funny nor stupid. It's logic that people like to see clean aircrafts. As we do with our own cars and houses. We all know
45 Aircellist : Well, SSSOOOOOO easy to bash AF and every other airline whose color is predominantly white. The fact is: the air is dirty! Has no one ever noticed tha
46 Bridogger6 : I can see where you'd think that.. but you don't see anyone bashing continental, or HP, or any other white colored airline of which there are MANY...
47 Post contains links and images Aircellist : Well, Bridogger, you are right... This one only has the airbridge marks around the forward door: View Large View MediumPhoto © Nathan Zalcman This on
48 Post contains links and images Aircellist : oooops, I missed this one... A few months ago, someone bashed AF for having dirty flaps, from a picture taken from a landing in Beijing.. Was it this
49 HAWK21M : Exactly.But the Flying public dont realise that. I guess Regular cleaning is a necessity. regds MEL
50 Post contains images Lockheed1011 : Not just that one! The only ones I have seen clean are the brand new ones out of Airbus. IB represents Spain all over the world. That is what the publ
51 Garri767 : exactly,dont judge a book by its cover, even if the book looks...well....like a shame, lol
52 N312RC : All these posts and nobody mentions US Airways?? Not only are their planes dirty inside and out, they usually are missing paint all together! *I love
53 AR385 : Well, I'll say two things: Another "nice" performance of an IB aircraft, it seems they are trying to imitate the service on board. Second, If that's h
54 Post contains images IMatAMS : I don't get you guys...Finally someone is getting rid of their Eurowhite livery, and you're still complaining!!!
55 9V-SPF : Of course the exterior look of an aircraft has nothing to do with its safety or with the quality of maintenance (which is excellent in Iberia´s case)
56 ZKSUJ : Haha, didn't a chinese airline recieve a bashing for a dirty plane a month or so ago?
57 AirPacific747 : I have heard that IB is making a lot of money, so i dont understand why they cant just wash their planes.. they must be able to afford it if the airli
58 Northwest 777 : I guess to me it's not just a dirty airplane, but unfortuanately it gives (and this is just my opinion) a reputation of being, well, dirty I guess for
59 Post contains images CURLYHEADBOY : LOL! It seems that dirty aircrafts are always a fascinating topic for A.netters! It's amazing how some discussion seem to inevitably pop up every now
60 Osteogenesis : No it does not, but it is a sign of not tacking care. We live in a World where perception is everything. Any good business man will tell you that the
61 JGPH1A : The rule of thumb for Chinese restaurants - the scruffier it looks, the better the food. This has proven true countless times. Don't let the looks of
62 Jorge1812 : Have you never been to McDonalds? Georg.
63 SQ773 : In the end , I will end up thinking you have NO IDEA of what you are talking about, sorry for that. The service in LH may for some people be just cor
64 Osteogenesis : You are right. This is a typical German behavior. I think it comes from the traumatic history of Germany. Many Germans tend to believe that they have
65 IberiaN : Sorry but IB has an excellent maintenance! Only the A340-300s ARE SO "DIRTY" in the outside. Even A340-600 are always clean! Short-Medium haul fleet
66 Post contains images Sabena332 : Fly a few times on them in long-haul Eco and compare these flights with other long haul-flights you made in Eco, then you will get an idea what many
67 SQ773 : I do not think this is ridiculous at all. As it´s been said before , image mattes, specially when dealing with the BIG ones. By the way, I flew a fe
68 TACAA320 : What's McDonalds? That's why I avoid them. I just want to add something else. IB is a profitable airline. More than any U.S. carrier [except Southwes
69 Access-Air : Its all visual perception boys and girls.... Tell me, would you guys find a woman attractive that looked like she just got done rolling around in a ru
70 DAYflyer : Can't someone write "Wash me" on the side or something?
71 Wdleiser : If the dirty plane is working fine, not reducing safety, flying passengers all over, and working efficiently; why on earth would the airline clean it
72 ScottishLaddie : While it is no doubt just as safe as any other aircraft, I'm afraid that to me, an aircraft as dirty as that does have something to do with the quali
73 Iberia340600 : Oh my god...are these dirty plane threads ever going to end? The only ones that really care if the plane is dirty on the outside or not are enthusiast
74 Theredbaron : In Mexico city if you have a really dirty car, kids will mark your disrty windows "clean me!!!" or "wash me!!" In my case I put "I am not dirty, its s
75 DIA : Maybe not to you and I, but to the average traveler. . .you bet. If a machine, of any sort, is dirty, it is thought of as unkept and/or needing maint
76 Icaro : Hi all, Iberia has been going trough a politic of cost cutting. Everything considered non necessary has been cut to the minimum. These measures should
77 LH423 : Again, The perception of things is what matters. Someone flying A Airlines is sitting in the airport waiting for their flight. Up strolls a plane for
78 Tockeyhockey : i think that the dirt adds a protective layer and keeps the plane from rusting. good thinking iberia!
79 Post contains images IntruderPC : Sabena 332 reply 18: I am a former A/C Mx person and flying in a A/C that is that dirty makes me wonder how slovenly the mx has been performed!!  LH4
80 Hr001 : Couldn´t say it any better LH423
81 Post contains links and images ITA350 : A simple search on the photo database reveals the last time this aircraft was photographed relatively clean was a year and 2 months ago ! View Large V
82 IBERIA747 : That's not the same aircraft. The original aircraft is EC-IDF while the aircraft you're talikng about is EC-GJT (although it's quite dirty currently
83 Bhill : When you are selling ANYTHING..from chicken wings to airline seats, perception is EVERYTHING!!! As I was taught in the Army...Act Sharp...Look Sharp..
84 HorizonGirl : Whoa, that is a dirty plane! You would think that keeping planes clean would be very important I guess Iberia doesn't think so. Devon
85 Paul777 : So many threads about dirty airplanes, yet I can't seem to remember any threads discussing the cost/time of cleaning the exterior? I don't think it is
86 DarthRandall : As long as he doesn't show up smelling like Jack Daniels I'm cool with it. I don't have to sit next to him. It may be silly, but it's certainly enter
87 Monteycarlos : A little bit of increased (parasitic?) drag. Not too much but it does have a measureable affect. The big deal IMO is that it is not good for the imag
88 Post contains images Scarebus03 : Safety is most definitely a factor when it comes to an aircraft in this state as you cannot inspect it properly for damage eg. lightening strikes etc
89 TACAA320 : A couple of questions: How difficult in terms of personnel involved and necessary materials are needed to clean for example an A340 or similar? How m
90 Post contains links and images Ha763 : Someone actually wrote in the grime under the R1 door "Ireland" of this UA 777. MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Erik Nugal BTW, airplanes are dirt
91 Post contains links and images IBERIA747 : Don't know what the reason was for letting it get so dirty...but it has been finally washed!! Look! Pic taken on April 1st (It states that it was tak
92 Carpethead : Japan TransOcean's 734 also tend to get dirty too. Yesterday, I saw one land in KIX it was more filthy than this posted picture.
93 Post contains links and images L410Turbolet : Can anyone explain me WHAT causes the fuselage to get dirty in this particular pattern? I'm mainly referring to those "stripes" of dirt underneath th
94 Post contains links and images 2H4 : They could at least be a little more productive with the filth.... View Large View MediumPhoto © Chris weldy Open the large version to see what
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