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SQ A380 Grubby Stripes - Anyone Know Why?  
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15051 times:

Hi all,

Did some spotting last week at SIN and Kilo-Alpha the first SQ A380 was doing training flights (takeoff, landing, taxi straight to the active and takeoff again). Saw my first SQ A345, and have to say if there is a more stunningly beautiful aeroplane anywhere on the planet, I'd love to know what it is. Gorgeous. Anyway i digress...

I saw Kilo-Bravo and she looked very shiny and beautiful, but Kilo-Alpha was filthy! The wings and gear looked "normal" as if she'd been in service for a long time - lots of streaks of fluid and blackened gear, flaps etc.

In particular she had a large patch of fuselage - a whole section by the look of it - about thirty feet back from the cockpit, which looked like it was painted gray! It obviously wasnt, and was obviously just grubby, but why? Why just that particular part? It was on both sides as well. There was another one, less obvious, on one of the frames on both sides behind the wing. Were they testing cleaning fluids/methods on the fuselage by frame like AA did with one of their 777s a while back?

Looked really odd - anyone tell me why?


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15013 times:

Could it have been around the passenger door; sometimes the rubber from the airbridge leaves a deposit around the forward pax doors? Maybe it was left when they were testing the airbridges on the upper deck doors?

Have to agree with you on the A340-500! Always a huge favourite of mine, in any airline's colours, but SQ's are certainly right up there with the best!


User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30566 posts, RR: 84
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14958 times:
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Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
Saw my first SQ A345, and have to say if there is a more stunningly beautiful aeroplane anywhere on the planet, I'd love to know what it is.

Watch a 777-300ER. That's poetry in motion.

Seriously, I do like the A340 series. The extra two engines balance out the whole design very nicely from an aesthetic point of view in my opinion.

As to why the first plane is dirty, she's been in service longer so it could just be a result of operating conditions. I wonder if GLARE attracts dirt at a higher rate then Al?

[Edited 2008-01-27 12:10:58]

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14892 times:

Actually I just searched some photos and it does seem to have a very dark section on the fuselage just above the wing and theres another patch further forward. It looks like they started cleaning the aircraft and then just stopped leaving those darker, dirty patches.

They are almost the same colour as the engines, which are grey!


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14840 times:



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 3):
Actually I just searched some photos and it does seem to have a very dark section on the fuselage just above the wing and theres another patch further forward. It looks like they started cleaning the aircraft and then just stopped leaving those darker, dirty patches.

They are almost the same colour as the engines, which are grey!

Spot on - exactly what I mean.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
As to why the first plane is dirty, she's been in service longer so it could just be a result of operating conditions. I wonder if GLARE attracts dirt at a higher rate then Al?

No, because it was just sections of it. Looked like they had decided just to clean certain sections. Bizarre.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
Watch a 777-300ER. That's poetry in motion.

Saw that too and took my 20th 77W flight on the way home. A340s are much better, quieter, better looking, and more fun - I dont pay the fuel bills though!  Wink



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14794 times:

Any links to these pictures? Can't find anything unusual on the A.net pics.

But 2 questions on the topic:
1. Was there some bad weather involved on the route te A380 has been flying? Maybe a really naughty landing in a storm caused a lot of dirt to be put on the aircraft, rain could have only washed away certain parts.

2. Is it usual for planes to get dirty that quick? Is it a "typical" A380 thing or is it just another case of dirt attraction.


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14725 times:

I think that it's just typical dirt that has been picked up throughout it's time in service and they have started to clean it but not finished so it makes the dark patches that haven't been cleaned yet look worse compares to the clean sections of the aircraft.

Quoting OO-VEG (Reply 5):
Was there some bad weather involved on the route te A380 has been flying? Maybe a really naughty landing in a storm caused a lot of dirt to be put on the aircraft, rain could have only washed away certain parts.

It has been raining quite bit from what I can see however it doesn't look like rain washed away any dirt. The dirt patches have almost perfect lines.


User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30566 posts, RR: 84
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14710 times:
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Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 4):
Saw that too and took my 20th 77W flight on the way home. A340s are much better, quieter, better looking, and more fun - I dont pay the fuel bills though!  Wink

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, the 777 family is aesthetic perfection inside and out.  Smile


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14583 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 7):
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 4):
Saw that too and took my 20th 77W flight on the way home. A340s are much better, quieter, better looking, and more fun - I dont pay the fuel bills though!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, the 777 family is aesthetic perfection inside and out.

Oh dont get me wrong - the 77W is a beauty as well!

Theres something about those huge GE90s - they draw the eye and hold it there until you can barely remember why you looked in the first place. Reminds me of Beth Lacke - can go through the whole episode of Happy Hour and not have a Scooby whats going on, or what anyone's name is, just that you have been looking at her truly Magnificent rack for the last 25 mins. She has a beautiful face as well - the full package.

I see the A345 as more of a Vanessa Paradis or Sophie Marceau - bit more refined, quieter, not as extrovert, and no immediate place for the eye to linger for any period of time, as one tends to prefer to just take in the sheer unadulterated beauty of her.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineLandingshortly From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14491 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 8):
I see the A345 as more of a Vanessa Paradis or Sophie Marceau - bit more refined, quieter, not as extrovert, and no immediate place for the eye to linger for any period of time, as one tends to prefer to just take in the sheer unadulterated beauty of her.

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Well said, sir, I could not add anything further.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10886 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14480 times:

Yes there is. Her name is Concorde!  angel 

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
have to say if there is a more stunningly beautiful aeroplane anywhere on the planet, I'd love to know what it is.




There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14181 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
Yes there is. Her name is Concorde!

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
have to say if there is a more stunningly beautiful aeroplane anywhere on the planet, I'd love to know what it is.

Madame,

The Concorde is of course a given, and for my money only the Spitfire MkIX and the P51D can come close to the Concorde in looks, but of the modern airliners flying today, the A340 is the best looking in my opinion. Better even than the MD11.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1199 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14034 times:
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Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 8):
Theres something about those huge GE90s - they draw the eye and hold it there until you can barely remember why you looked in the first place.


YEAH -nice pair eyepopping 

Scooter01



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3193 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13927 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
Yes there is. Her name is Concorde!

I think he meant planes that are actually still flying  Wink



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User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13703 times:

They have been washing SKA last week, guess they didnt complete the job. Anyway she's already temporarily out of service until she gets back from her much needed rest. There are many pics of her on MalaysianWings with her 'two-tone' colour scheme.


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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12830 times:



Quoting Tsentsan (Reply 14):
They have been washing SKA last week, guess they didnt complete the job. Anyway she's already temporarily out of service until she gets back from her much needed rest. There are many pics of her on MalaysianWings with her 'two-tone' colour scheme.

Will SKA be repainted before it comes back? The livery is slightly different from SKB...


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12232 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 11):
but of the modern airliners flying today, the A340 is the best looking in my opinion. Better even than the MD11.

Wash your mouth out!  Wink

Just kidding - the A345/6 is a nice aircraft, particularly in those private colour schemes - but the MD11 is still my favourite.

Unless we get another Concorde again, in which case I suppose I and Madame Concorde shall be both celebrating.  Smile If I see an A380 again, I'll be certain to watch out for the new logos on it.


User currently offlineWorldrider From Switzerland, joined Nov 2007, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9682 times:

just have a look at Thai's A345, she is the beauty!  praise 

User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 735 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7451 times:
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Quoting Worldrider (Reply 17):
just have a look at Thai's A345, she is the beauty!

In my humble opinion Thais A346 looks even better Big grin

Reminds me of one of my all time favorites the DC8 63s, so I guess I am little bit bios there  Smile

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User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1425 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7349 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 18):
Quoting Worldrider (Reply 17):
just have a look at Thai's A345, she is the beauty!

In my humble opinion Thais A346 looks even better

Well then you guys will have an orgasm when you see the fully painted Kingfisher A345!

Or for that matter, the TAM 345 does pretty well too!!



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User currently offlineSJC4Me From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

No love for the 757's here huh?


Unable.
User currently offlineManfredj From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4497 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
Watch a 777-300ER. That's poetry in motion.



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
Saw my first SQ A345, and have to say if there is a more stunningly beautiful aeroplane anywhere on the planet, I'd love to know what it is. Gorgeous. Anyway i digress...

You are both wrong....here is the world's most gorgous airplane!

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i..._id=1283393&next_id=1282186&size=L



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User currently offlineBigsmile From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 164 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4278 times:

Is it me or has this gone completly off topic

User currently offlinePlunaCRJ From Uruguay, joined Nov 2007, 574 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4188 times:



Quoting Manfredj (Reply 21):
You are both wrong....here is the world's most gorgous airplane!

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...ize=L

787-3? I don´t know how the picture was taken, but the nose definately doesn´t look like a normal 757 nose...


User currently offlineBeech19 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 936 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 3791 times:



Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 23):
787-3? I don´t know how the picture was taken, but the nose definately doesn´t look like a normal 757 nose...

We all wish... but no. Its a fish-eyed shot of a 757-200 w/ APB winglets.



KPAE via KBVY
25 Post contains links and images Shamrock350 : Here's a recent photo showing the "dirty" patches on 9V-SKA. It's hard to see at first because of the light conditions but if you look from the "E" in
26 Post contains links and images Hloutweg : The patches are clear anought there to be identified, but if you compared it with a green A380, these patches don't necesarily correspond to the GLARE
27 Philzh : Well said indeed, sir. May I add Mrs. Charlotte Gainsbourg to your illustrious list?
28 CHRISBA777ER : Indeed you can. Along with Audrey Tautou, Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche and Virginie Ledoyen.
29 Philzh : Ah... I see ze most exquisite taste at work 'ere, Monsieur! Thanks for pointing that out - I would have missed this strange-looking de-colourization
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