Quote: Thirty three years ago, in May 1974, Airbus delivered its very first aircraft, an A300B2, to first operator Air France. Nineteen years later, in 1993, Airbus delivered its first 1,000th aircraft, and it took it another six years to reach the 2000th in 1999. Reflecting its subsequent rapid growth with an expanded aircraft family and more products on offer, the 3,000th Airbus aircraft was delivered in 2002, and only three years later, in September 2005, the 4,000th. It needed only another two years to reach the 5,000th delivery milestone of today.
They built as much plane in last 8 years than in the first 25 years...
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Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2712 posts, RR: 48 Reply 8, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
At Airbus, we never sit still, so even the 5000th Airbus delivered comes with a first:
Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.
The first aircraft painted in this new, state-of-the-art way is the 5000th Airbus aircraft ever produced, an A330-200, which was delivered yesterday to Qantas at a special delivery ceremony in Toulouse. Qantas, has on order a further six aircraft to be painted in the same way, and will help conduct an in-service evaluation with Airbus to fully quantify the benefits of the painting process.
Standard painting techniques can take up to six coats per aircraft and usually can take up to 12 hours of drying between coats.
The new Airbus technique requires just two coats with dramatically reduced paint volumes, and drying times down from 12 to two hours. The technique brings environmental benefits because it uses less solvent based paint and uses fewer coats. The process also reduces the amount of repainting and cleaning required during the life time of the in-service aircraft.
The new painting technique is offered as an option and is one of Airbus's key objectives to produce aircraft that are friendlier to the environment and more eco-efficient. The European plane-manufacturer optimizes all aspects of a product's full life cycle, encompassing aircraft design, manufacturing, operations and finally its recycling. This approach was recognized in June 2007 with the granting of the prestigious ISO14001 environmental management standard. It counts for all Airbus sites and products.
Airbus is the only aerospace manufacturing company worldwide, holding this certification.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11794 posts, RR: 48 Reply 9, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8): Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.
I saw this on the website and was going to start a separate thread.
I was interested to note that this new paint method is offered as an option. Although "greener", is it more expensive to apply? I assume it is, otherwise, why offer it as an option?
Even though they mention QF as a new Customer from 2000 onwards it's a shame that they don't reference the 4 x A300s that QF operated for many years after the consolidation with Australian Airlines, formerly TAA