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Very Slight Change In Lufthansa Livery  
User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24732 times:

I can't take any credit for noticing this - the keen observer was a friend of mine - but is it possible, that without making anything public, Lufthansa have changed their livery? I will admit, it is a very very very slight change, but compare the front of D-AIKE

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=d9c94f09d806e0b3decb758111e51e00

to the newer D-AIKR

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=64dfb0137083fe5e7bdd2c738a81d0ab

and you will notice that the ventral grey covers different portions of the radome.

Does anybody here have an explanation for this? And is it noteworthy at all or is this a normal modus operandi for an airline?

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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24494 times:

Quoting LZ129 (Thread starter):
Does anybody here have an explanation for this?

Maybe it's just easier to paint the radome all one color.



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User currently offlinecbphoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24382 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
Maybe it's just easier to paint the radome all one color.

If I had to guess, I would say this as well. The radome is a different material and does require I believe a different paint technique to be applied to it. I am going off my memory on that, so I could be wrong, but it would seem to make sense!



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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6182 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24312 times:

Is it just me, or in the first pic, doesn't it look like the gray under coat starts to slant up a little just behind the pitot tubes?? This could be the difference between the two.


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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24268 times:

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 2):
The radome is a different material and does require I believe a different paint technique to be applied to it. I am going off my memory on that,

They're usually painted separately I think. Once in a while you'll even see one that's been painted upside down.



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User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24268 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
Maybe it's just easier to paint the radome all one color.

The problem is, they still cover some of the radome in grey. Wouldn't they have left it white completely if that was the reason for the change?

You can see it better in this picture:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=ec88c949140011bf63857e2a3a9b6c05

[Edited 2013-02-20 10:35:06]

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24215 times:

Quoting LZ129 (Reply 5):
The problem is, they still cover some of the radome in grey.

Good catch. If not that, it may just be a variation between different paint shops. It wouldn't be the first time they just did something a little bit off.



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User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24165 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Good catch. If not that, it may just be a variation between different paint shops.

I thought so, too, but D-AIKQ shows the same change, so it seems to be something they did deliberately.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=1695439cb51004d0d754f632e5cd531a


User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24099 times:

I just checked again and the change is on D-AIKP, D-AIKQ and D-AIKR - in other words: on all the frames delivered in 2012.

User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 23760 times:

Didnt notice that so far, thanks. Surely that has to do with the radome issue.
One thing that changed recently is the registration on LH planes. LH used the LH Corporate font before which perfectly matches the logos, the authorities forced the airline to use a less elegant standard font based on the DIN now.


User currently onlineYYCSpotter From Canada, joined Jul 2012, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 19077 times:

One other thing that I noticed, was the lack of naming of the aircraft. has LH stopped naming their aircraft?


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18786 times:

Quoting YYCSpotter (Reply 10):
One other thing that I noticed, was the lack of naming of the aircraft. has LH stopped naming their aircraft?

That refers to most airplanes aquired in the past few years (except the fleet "flagships" A380s and 747-8s which all carry names). LH seems to be very slow with naming aircraft recently, although a few of the latest deliveries have names. Odd when so many names are free now that one third of the 737s have gone to the scrappers in the past one-and-a-half years.

But its not a change in policy, maybe they job positions responsible have been axed in the cost cutting process.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12171 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18283 times:

It looks line all they did was lower the waterline between the two colors, maybe by about 3" (76 mm). That way the radome is all white, at least on the A-333 and A-343. What about the rest of the fleet, like the B-744/8s?

The color change on the radar does not effect the efficency of the weather radar. But, I believe they don't use lacquer (oil based), but do use an emulsion paint (water based). The different types of paints can be color matched.


User currently offlineB757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 420 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 17774 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
Maybe it's just easier to paint the radome all one color.

Many airlines avoid liveries that require multiple colors on parts such as radomes, engine cowls etc. These parts, unlike most of the aircraft, are sometimes replaced due to damage. Having these parts painted in all one color avoids the mis-match issues you may have if your spares are not masked and sprayed in an identical fashion. The radome and engine cowlings are highly visible and any mis-match looks terribly un-professional.


User currently offlinehorstroad From Germany, joined Apr 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17353 times:

the line between the white upper fuselage and the grey belly is defined by the leading edge and trailing edge of the wings. it usually follows the respective water line*. it seems that in the "old" paint scheme this line goes horizontal where the fuselage narrows towards the nose. due to the nose down pitch of A330 and A340 the line seems to be bent upwards. withe the "new" paint scheme they follow the water line all the way to the random. I think the paint shops got new guidelines when someone realized that this bend looks odd



*I'm not sure if the term water line is correct, as the fuselage has a nose down orientation. on these aircraft, does the water line follow the stringer or is it parallel to the ground when the aircraft is on the ground?


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12171 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17192 times:

Quoting horstroad (Reply 14):
*I'm not sure if the term water line is correct, as the fuselage has a nose down orientation. on these aircraft, does the water line follow the stringer or is it parallel to the ground when the aircraft is on the ground?

Waterline is (or was) the straight line, respective to the airplane, not the ground. So, yes, it follows the stringers

Imagine how weird the tail will look when all those A-330s are painted into the new AA livery.


User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1390 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16530 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 15):
Imagine how weird the tail will look when all those A-330s are painted into the new AA livery.

The 777s also have that down angle. It won't be too controversial.



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User currently offlinerichiemo From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16464 times:

I'm glad to see I'm not the only airline geek to notice such things. Regardless of whether official change or not, there are few classier liveries out there than Lufthansa. Understated grace is there ever was. Bold tail and airline title, and that's all you need.

User currently offlinereffado From Brazil, joined Feb 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15756 times:

Quoting na (Reply 9):

Lufthansa just uses Helvetica on their logo, but I'm not sure what they used in the regs. But I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the registration font to something following the DIN, but I don't see the point. Looks pretty readable now, and always has.


User currently offlinehorstroad From Germany, joined Apr 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15565 times:

Quoting reffado (Reply 18):
Lufthansa just uses Helvetica on their logo, but I'm not sure what they used in the regs.

I think the regs are still helvetica, but regular or medium instead of bold... there are so many variations of helvetica...

http://www.911fonts.com/search.php?s=helvetica


User currently offlinetwincessna340a From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15463 times:

Quoting reffado (Reply 18):
Regardless of whether official change or not, there are few classier liveries out there than Lufthansa. Understated grace is there ever was. Bold tail and airline title, and that's all you need.

Agree eleventy billion times and couldn't have said it better myself. Everytime there is a livery thread here this thought comes to mind.


User currently offlinereffado From Brazil, joined Feb 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15357 times:

Quoting twincessna340a (Reply 20):

Agreed. They managed to achieve the purpose of a livery with minimalist elements, and they do it much better than a low of airlines out there. And let's not forget that they always keep their planes very clean!


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15204 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 3):
Is it just me, or in the first pic, doesn't it look like the gray under coat starts to slant up a little just behind the pitot tubes?? This could be the difference between the two.

I agree with this observation ... the waterline slants/curves slightly upward towards the nose. I think LH noticed that and rectified that, and probably made a slight adjustment so it hits below the radome to avoid paint conflicts.

Quoting horstroad (Reply 19):

I think the regs are still helvetica, but regular or medium instead of bold... there are so many variations of helvetica...

It's definitely a different typeface, most likely based on DIN as others have said.



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User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10974 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 12):
It looks line all they did was lower the waterline between the two colors, maybe by about 3" (76 mm). That way the radome is all white, at least on the A-333 and A-343.

That does sound like a reasonable explanation, but (and I have to repeat myself here) if you look very closely at this picture

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=ec88c949140011bf63857e2a3a9b6c05

you will notice that a tiny bit of the radome is still painted grey - even with the new livery. If the radome issue was the cause of the change, wouldn't they have gone all the way and left it entirely white?
Or am I seeing something that's not there and it actually is all white?

[Edited 2013-02-21 01:39:16]

User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10142 times:

Quoting reffado (Reply 18):
Lufthansa just uses Helvetica on their logo, but I'm not sure what they used in the regs. But I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the registration font to something following the DIN, but I don't see the point. Looks pretty readable now, and always has.

LH uses a slightly modified Helvetica, not the standard you can buy.

Quoting horstroad (Reply 19):
I think the regs are still helvetica, but regular or medium instead of bold... there are so many variations of helvetica...

Registrations are in a modified DIN Bold Font now. They stared that with the first A380 or around that time, as all A380s and 748s use the new font. I think thats an official font also used by many other airlines, perhaps one of those infamous EU regulations created by bored officials who have to justify their ridiculously high wages. I noticed though this font is also used by non-European airlines.
LH also does change the reg´s on older planes when they have a major check. I noticed that on MD11F D-ALCC after they removed the 100 years air cargo stickers.

Quoting LZ129 (Reply 23):
you will notice that a tiny bit of the radome is still painted grey - even with the new livery. If the radome issue was the cause of the change, wouldn't they have gone all the way and left it entirely white?
Or am I seeing something that's not there and it actually is all white?

You are right. I think the "waterline" just was slightly curved upwards at the front before. Maybe it just has to do with who painted the plane and how exactly they follwowed LHs paint plans. You´ll see the waterline meets the wing leading edge still at the same height.


User currently offlinea3xx900 From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6936 times:

Quoting na (Reply 24):
You´ll see the waterline meets the wing leading edge still at the same height.

Correct, and on the rear of the plane the line meets the 'tip' of the flaps in retracted state on all aircraft. Since this edge is higher, on the front of all planes there is more white than on the rear.

LH's paint scheme is truly a piece of art: Classy, easily recognizable, hidden details and timeless - unlike most other modern liveries, like AA or MH for example that just seem to be too 'cheap' and brutally modern. Even AF's new logo and changes in livery destroyed their classy look imho.

As for if there is a reason in the latest changes of painting less of the radome grey (but not all of it white), I don't know. But I surely think there are no coincidences and accidents on LH's paint scheme.



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User currently offlinetwincessna340a From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Quoting a3xx900 (Reply 25):
like AA or MH for example that just seem to be too 'cheap' and brutally modern. Even AF's new logo and changes in livery destroyed their classy look imho.

  


User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

Quoting na (Reply 11):
That refers to most airplanes aquired in the past few years (except the fleet "flagships" A380s and 747-8s which all carry names). LH seems to be very slow with naming aircraft recently, although a few of the latest deliveries have names. Odd when so many names are free now that one third of the 737s have gone to the scrappers in the past one-and-a-half years.

They are slow in naming them, yes, but they are definitely still naming aircraft.

For example, I flew on D-AISK (an A321) in March 2008, about a month after it was delivered new to LH. At the time, the aircraft was nameless. I flew on D-AISK again a few weeks ago, and was happy to see that it now has a name ("Emden").

Be patient. They'll get around to it!  



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User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 28, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

I don't think this is a deliberate change.

To me. tt looks more like the job of masking off the grey and white areas on D-AIKE during painting was rushed. Whoever did it, did not keep the curvature of the fuselage in mind. It is easy to have a straight line creep upward on an upward curve if you don't pay enough attention.

The crew who painted D-AIKR however seem to have gotten it right. They probably took the time to step back and check the masking was straight and level.



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User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Quoting garpd (Reply 28):
I don't think this is a deliberate change.

To me. tt looks more like the job of masking off the grey and white areas on D-AIKE during painting was rushed.

That is almost certainly incorrect. All but the last three A333 have the upward creep. Both the old and the new style seem to be deliberate.


User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 30, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

Quoting LZ129 (Reply 29):

That is almost certainly incorrect. All but the last three A333 have the upward creep. Both the old and the new style seem to be deliberate.

That doesn't mean the upward sweep was correct. Quality Control can fail at many levels.
All other LH Aircraft seem to feature a level belly line.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=21909b96efd959e0ea77cfa0e67f3a7e

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=21909b96efd959e0ea77cfa0e67f3a7e

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=21909b96efd959e0ea77cfa0e67f3a7e

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=64f3ac230444792dac433ce0083304fd

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=64f3ac230444792dac433ce0083304fd

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=64f3ac230444792dac433ce0083304fd

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=95efe69e13306c51056f5646b9688300

It seems only the A330s and A340s had this strange and frankly silly looking curvature at the nose.
My bet is the same team is responsible for all of those paint jobs and it's a team that don't have an eye for detail.

But hey, what do I know. I'm just going by 10 years experience in dealing with aircraft liveries and the mistakes even the most well known paint shops make.

[Edited 2013-02-21 10:30:56]


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User currently offlineLZ129 From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

Quoting garpd (Reply 30):
That doesn't mean the upward sweep was correct. Quality Control can fail at many levels.
All other LH Aircraft seem to feature a level belly line.

With the exception of the A343's. But since they have the same nose it is plausible that the same mistake was made there...
So it actually looks as though Lufthansa was just quietly ironing out a decade old and long mistake.


User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

I'm not saying I'm right by any means! But yes, that is my theory.

However, say this was a glitch, for arguments sake. It is quite small, only noticeable by us rivet counters and not something an airline would generally reject a plane for, or send it back to the paint shop for several more days. (Though I have had a client reject a plane because a curve was 1 degree out on one side of the plane on an area of paint barely big enough to cover a living room coffee table!)
It's likely that if this was a mistake, LH, or whoever was in charge of accepting new aircraft from the manufacturer shrugged their shoulders and planned to iron it out with heavy maintenance or normal scheduled paintwork refresh.



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