AbleToFly From Denmark, joined Nov 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2808 times:
I saw a picture of this new B738 with American Airlines, and I couldn't help noticing that the fairings and the nose and on some types, the tail section of the fuselage is painted in same grey color as the
JBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
Quoting Larshjort (Reply 7): Because of the garanty Airbus required paint on top of the fuselage. When the warrenty expired AA stripped the planes of paint..
It's because all Airbus aircraft are constructed with a bonded primer that does not allow for a bare-metal finish.
AA and Airbus worked together to form a solution to have a bare metal finish on the A300. I believe they just stripped the paint and primer, but then had to apply a special coating to prevent corrosion.
It's been a long time since I've read the official story behind this, but it's something to that extent. Has nothing to do with waiting for the warranty to expire.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.