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User currently offlineTacSupport1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

This may seem like a really stupid question to many of you, but I've often wondered?

How do planes get washed (if they even do)? If so, how often? And do planes periodically get waxed or somehow polished?

I've never recalled seeing a "plane wash" or anything. Just something I'm curious about, as I've been flying a lot recently.


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User currently offlineCessna057 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

I don't know what kind of planes your talking about, but I know Cessnas are washed basicaly just like a car. As for jets, I'm not quite sure....


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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2664 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

There are companies that are FAA approved to do power-washes on aircraft. Never seen it done though, but I'm from a small non-hub station too


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User currently offlineQantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.


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User currently offlineTacSupport1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

I'm curious who washes the commercial airliners, like jetBlue's A320's or Virgin Atlantics 747's, etc. Sorry for not specifying.


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User currently offlineQantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Not sure who washes them, but here is how:


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User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

I found a couple of pics here on A.net with aircrafts being washed. Hope they help out.


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User currently offline1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

In San Diego AA actually has a wash area near the fuel loading islands. AA planes are washed at night with a solution then powerwashed. It is a very interesting process. They swear that clean planes burn less fuel. I am not sure about other airports or airlines.

At the local small plane airports light aircraft are washed by a mobil truck. Kinda like a auto detailer


User currently offlineChachu201 From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 857 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

I would be inclined to think that some airlines (AF) wash their planes less frequently than others, so it depends on carrier, and also it might depend on location, as regards sea salt. So American Eagle would probably wash less than Aloha, if you see where I'm coming from..........

User currently offlineQantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 3):
The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.

Thats the one I was talking about, Cheers LouA340



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User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 3):
The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.

When I was stationed at MacDill AFB in the late 90's we use to run the KC135's through a 'bird bath' The water would shoot up from the ground just like Qantas mentioned. It was pretty cool to watch.


User currently offlineAmerican777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

It seems that AF doesn't like to wash their airplanes!!! They are lazy!

Even some of their new Boeing 777-300ER's are already looking kind of dirty and they aren't that old yet.


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User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

You're very welcome Qantas767
As for Air France, everyone knows their reputation about washing their birds. I guess they dont put it into the schedules. Most airlines do their washing during downtime or long layovers.
AC and BA somtimes somtimes wash their aircrafts while on the ground in HKG and I'm presuming others do the same too.



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User currently offlineJben From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 77 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

I don't understand why AF doesn't wash their planes... surely all that dirt and muck must weigh quite a bit when you consider it across the fleet? Wouldn't it be cheaper (and better looking) to wash them regularly rather than hauling all that dirt around?

User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/fun/airport/gallery/photo/vol_07/wall/w832_15.jpg

In NRT they use an automated system. I'm almost positive about that, I read it somewhere.

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User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

I have seen it doen many times with simple power washers with a guy up spraying down on it like he is de-icing the plane. They do the simple cleans a lot on planes.

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User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1246 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Quoting American777 (Reply 11):
It seems that AF doesn't like to wash their airplanes!!! They are lazy!

Even some of their new Boeing 777-300ER's are already looking kind of dirty and they aren't that old yet.

Dirty as she may be, my goodness that is a beautiful aircraft! Just looks graceful, powerful, long, and lean. I love the 773ER!



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User currently offlineBringiton From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

why does AF seem not to do so? I have noticed dirty AF aircrafts aswell , i guess they arent bothered about people accociating their names with dirty airframes ( no pun intended) !!

User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

I worked for a company called JetWash at SAN over the past 2 summers. We did Alaska Airlines, Aloha Airlines and Northwest Airlines RONs.

We had a van with a trailer that held a large (500gal) tank of water and cleaning solution that we would pump into out buckets. We then set up pressure washers that had 2 nozzles, one to spray deionized water(prevents spotting/streaking) and one that mixed the soap with the water and essentially created a foam that we sprayed directly onto the aircraft fuselage. We then took what is basically a big sponge at the end of an extendable pole, and scrubbed the airplane down. We let them air dry, and had various sponges/rags depending on the type of wash and how dirty the a/c was. The aircraft we did were 734/737/738/738, 752, A320 and MD80s. As far as larger a/c, we had a NW rep come and watch us to ensure we were maintaining their standards, and he had a binder detailing thew wash of every a/c in their fleet. The heavies were done in more or less the same fashion, albeit with more people and more equipment.

Aloha was meticulous,w anting their 737s washed once every 30 days, top to bottom, tip to tip, nose to tail. We cleaned them so they were more or less spotless. Alaska, and NW were a little less stringent, but nevertheless, we put in a lot of work on their airplanes too.



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User currently offlineQantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

If the aircraft looks clean - the company looks more professional.

For Example:


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User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
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Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 19):
For Example:

Oddly enough the airlines you chose as examples are owned by the same company. Big grin


User currently offlineQantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Well you learn something new everyday.  Big grin


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

Out here,during line Mx once a week Average & def when in Major Mx.
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