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Dirty Air France Jets!  
User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5560 times:

Why are AF planes so dirty? I know they have a white base but I do not see Air Canada, for example, so dirty.



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User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

Because they don't wash them...

...seriously though I have noticed that too. Windows and cargo doors with filthy runoffs, I guess nobody seems to mind down there.  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

I guess they care as much for their planes as the French care about their cars  Big thumbs up
I have been to France quite often by now and all the time I have noticed that many (not all!) don't care about their vehicle too much. I mean it's just an object... Big grin


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

I have notice that too, they are very dirty but what I saw in April this year is much better. I have flown to CDG with F-GJNX, at DUS during boarding I saw that the paint was peeling off the plane!

In this photo it is visible:


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But I must say that the service onboard AF plane is perfect, even if they do not look like that.



User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

THIS is a dirty Air France jet:

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:D Big grin

Joking apart, spend a saturday afternoon at any German airport, you will see LH staff washing their aircraft. - The Germans wash their cars every saturday, too - but they usually do this on saturday morning.
AF staff obviously knows something better to do with their time on a boring saturday afternoon..


User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5350 times:

As my old French teacher said 20 years ago: "the French invented perfume so they wouldn't have to take showers"

I guess the same can be said about Air France's planes.
However, I must say the interior is quite clean.(at least
on a recent flight in business class JFK-CDG)

On the other hand, my car is hand-washed daily. My company has a contract with the local car wash for unlimited washes and I use this perk to the fullest extent.
The rust will probably appear sooner than other dirty, unwashed cars, but since my cars are alwasy leased, I don't really worry about it...  Smile


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

My company has a contract with the local car wash for unlimited washes and I use this perk to the fullest extent.

I wish I would have this service too.

Take a look at my car and you will be shocked, empty cigarette packs, empty coke cans, empty Mc Donald`s boxes....... Big grin



User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5322 times:

Bobcat, I don't know why Americans have that strange cliché about the French... I'm sure the French take at least as many showers as Americans!
Isn't that not too much to wash your car everyday? That's time-consuming, and not really environment friendly.

Ndebele In Germany, if you go to your workplace with a small car, than you're a "small guy". In France, that's not the case. So washing the car every week is not common in France (but in Alsace) for cultural reasons.


But let's get back to aviation; contrary to what one may think, Air France washes its airplanes quite often. Anytime a B or C check is performed, the airplane has good chances of being washed again for instance. But the thing is the airplanes are flying most of the time, and they get dirty very very quickly. So it's quite difficult to keep the fleet perfectly clean as the Asians do for instance. But it's true, that's still a point they need to improve...



Best regards,
Alain Mengus


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2049 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5299 times:

I know the matter of livery likes and dislikes is subjective, but the filthy, paint-peeling Air France problem points to why I love the AA livery. Shining silver reflecting images of clouds and wings and other aircraft, gleaming cleanly in the pure sunlight.


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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5286 times:

Funny this came up today. Yesterday I was in ZRH and an AF735 pulled out from next to us and as I was watching it I noticed how dirty it was.

User currently offlineCrazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5231 times:

To elaborate on this topic a little bit, why is it that aircraft paint chunks and peels away? Is it a result of objects hitting the fuselage? Corrosion... adhesive deterioration?

And while we're at it, what causes the dirty runoffs from the door crevises? Is it some sort of spilled liquid?



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User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

I think it's time for a new colour scheme. It dirty and boring as it is.

User currently offlineCFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

AF should take better care of their airplanes I agree about that, but all airlines have dirty airplanes more or less..but nothing beats a clean one no matter what the livery...The jetways cause the dirty "frame" around the exits or actually around door L1 as this usually is the "main exit".

"In thrust we trust" CFM56


User currently offlineAOMlover From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 1308 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5030 times:

"Take a look in the A.net library, you'll see thousands of clean and shiny AF planes and only few dirty ones"
About the livery, this livery is a classic. Not very original, I admit, but I love the tail and the livery doesn't really need to be changed.
Lots of people still find this livery gorgeous. This livery was made to last and it will last.
About the "clichés", it's true that many people thing we never have showers, women don't shave, etc... that's wrong (we're not animals  Wink/being sarcastic )
And it's true that here lots of cars are dirty. Cars are not as important for French as it may be for English or German people. We don't "love" our cars (of course it depends on what car it is  Wink/being sarcastic ).


User currently offlineAfboy From France, joined Jun 2001, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

Last saturday, I flew AF Montpellier-Orly and back from CDG.
I noticed while boarding the 319 and the 735 that they were very clean and shiny outside.
BTW,do airline use environment-friendly or unfriendly detergent to wash their aeroplanes?

AFboy



Flown: SF3, CRJ,CR7, AT7,E120,E145,146,RJ85,RJ100, F100, B727,732,733,734,735,736,772,A300,318, 319,320,321,343, M83, DC
User currently offlineJumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Hi guys !

Please, I live in switzerland (naturally from Austria) and lived a time in Germany, but I (nearly) never wash my car (only a few times my garage couldn't see this and washed it ...) be my friend it's only a car ... and inside cigarette boxes (filled and empty, handcarechiefs ...... and many other waste ... funny sometimes people tell me that's a car not a dustbin ...).
But I like cars itself as I like planes (planes more than cars - ok) --> but it's not really necessary to wash it each saturday ...

Ciao Ju

HP: don't say that's a girl ...



Kind Regards, Jutta.
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

Well maybe it's not the same everywhere in Germany. Where exactly did you live, somewhere in Nordrhein-Westfalen if memory serves right. Don't feel guilty if you didn't wash your car that often. It's more or less tradition in the part of Germany where I live (Schwaben). Every saturday morning, you do the "Kehrwoche" which means you sweep both the stairwell and the pavement in front of your house, then you mow the lawn and wash your car. Oh yes, and in case that there's still some time before lunch, you go for a walk through your neighbourhood to check if everybody else has done their "Kehrwoche" properly. Some elderly fellow citizens also watch out if the cars are parked properly, but I usually don't do that - I won't start doing so before I'm 30 years old  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

ps: I was just joking. It was a dramatization - but in principle it's true.


User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4886 times:

I saw this AF 747-400 (F-GISA) in ATL last year and it was rather dirty. If the wing looked like this, then you can imagine how the rest of the a/c looked.


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I've seen it at JFK and it was much cleaner. Does AF use their a/c that much that they don't have time to spray them down? Soemthing to think about.



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User currently offlineAOMlover From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 1308 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

I don't know, but I'm sure that those planes are not dirty because of a lack of money.
There's a good point though: dirty planes pictures are more interesting than clean a/c shots lol  Wink/being sarcastic

I agree that AF should clean their plane more often, as the aircraft is often the first French thing that foreigners see when they travel to France. And if they board in a dirty plane, their travel is not beginning in a good way...


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4849 times:

I think there are plenty of airlines not "cleaning" them very often. Swissair used not to wash them until they will get their new Swiss livery. It was looking ugly...

But this problem is mostly during Winter time and when it is rainy. During dry weather it doesn't happen that often...



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User currently offlineDreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

supose its like looking at cars... would you get in the dirty Ford Fiesta or the shiney Fiesta Ghia... Makes an impression. I would'nt want my holiday to start with a filthy plane.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Ndebele,

here in the Ruhrgebiet they do also wash their cars on Saturdays but they do it in the afternoon because they can listen to the soccer radio conference. Big grin

Patrick


User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

I think a little dirt or oil on the fuselage just adds character to the planes. I don't mind it.

User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

I bet you won't see a dirty Concorde from AF.


Educate your children before others mis-educate them!!!
User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 4692 times:

I think this is probably the worst one I've seen. I'm very surprised they let them fly passengers in this condition. It gives such a poor image of the company. It's kind of like showing up to work in a shirt with pit stains. Actually come to think of it, I had a teacher in high school who only seemed to own shirts with brown-ish stains under the arm pits. A French teacher, no less! Not that I'm implying anything about French people or anything.


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25 Post contains links AOMlover : http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/777363/4/ This 767 is NOT dirty.
26 Rlwynn : Thai has the most dirty planes regularly that I have ever seen.
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