JFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4104 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 23923 times:
I was walking through security at CMH around 11:30 am on 9/7 and glanced to my left as I was leaving the security checkpoint. There is a large window that affords a nice view of the north side of Concourse B; specifically the US Airways gates.
I was absolutely shocked to see one of the worst-looking 737s flying in the United States today. The fuselage was a conglamerate of peeling paint and dirt. Logos were faded and also peeling.
As a crewmember, I would be nothing short of embarrased. It looked like something straight out of a bad movie set in a third-world country.
As a passenger (assuming they don't know much about FAA standards for maintenance) the appearance of the aircraft would make me downright fearful to board.
The aircraft in question is 516AU belonging to US Airways. Any information from someone working for US about this aircraft would be helpful:
Why would a major airline allow an aircraft with such a bad appearance fly?
Is this aircraft scheduled to be repainted anytime soon?
Does US ever clean their aircraft? How often?
On another note, US is trying to brand itself as a LCC such as jetBlue, AirTran, and Spirit. They fly shiny new planes, which is part of their appeal. While one plane should not represent a company, a plane with an appearance of this caliber should not fly.
These photos taken 6 months apart, show a nearly 20 year old plane in desperate need of a repaint... the large white area next to the cockpit window, is where a star alliance sticker has fallen off, for whatever reason. I would assume with the previous state of US Airways, there was little money to keep up the esthetic appearance of many older aircraft. I would assume that the older aircraft will either get repainted, or perhaps, replaced by some E-jets?
RampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 23076 times:
We have many newly painted planes at United that look like that. When you outsource to the lowest bidder. You get what you pay for. You can never match the factory paint jobs from Boeing and Airbus. The last great repaints for us ended when we closed our paint shop at SAMC. We also had some great paint jobs from the Delta Tech-Ops guys in ATL also.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5622 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 23076 times:
It looks as if both of these aircraft really haven't become much worse in the last two years; it's as if the adhesion of the previous repaint (over the previous buffed-metal livery) wasn't too good and/or they went through some volcanic ash or something at one point, but haven't deteriorated much since. Eventually, they'll have a major service check, and will be repainted at that time.
The raydom on this 737 is almost to the point that it could be illegal. There is a periodic maintenance moisture check on the inside of the dome and with the paint chipped away on the nose here, it could be out of limits. Only a veryyyy minut scratch is permitted on our(CO's) raydomes and when we do the moisture check, it can't go over a certain limit...if it does, has to come off (for overhaul or at least repainted)and be replaced with a fresh one.
Flyusairways From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 179 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 18957 times:
Good news! Just saw N530AU last weekend at ORF with all of the worn spots painted over.
I guess US Airways is trying to make them look a little nicer.
I've sent a picture of it to myaviation--I'll post it as soon as they get it on the site.
All nonstop flights are direct, but not all direct flights are nonstop!
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18458 times:
Quoting Dl_mech (Reply 21): Every Airline during livery changes gets planes that look like this.
Yea, I was going to add... don't just jump on US. I've seen some sad look Delta planes as well. There was a thread running last year about 'The Spirit of Delta'. She was looking really sad before getting the new livery...after the special Olympics scheme. Huge sections of missing paint.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
PlanenutzTB From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 256 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18093 times:
I understand the financial crunch at many airlines, but the condition of these planes sends a bad message to the flying public about aircraft maintenance. If an aircraft looks like it has poor maintenance, it may scare passengers from feeling safe flying on them.
It's similar to a dirty restaurant; do I gamble on getting food poisoning eating in one?
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.