united319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 513 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
I have noticed on all the 787 engines that they are white. I know some of the airlines paint their engines white as it is but UA and QR's are painted white while the rest of their fleets are painted a different color. Is this a technical reason or just a weird coincidence that these carriers are doing a modified paint on their 787 sub-types?
Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8787 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
The 787 slashed customer options for airlines as a way to keep prices down. One of them was standardized engine colors and removal of painting the engines as an option in the order book. I'm not sure if there is a technical reason, but I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16936 posts, RR: 57 Reply 3, posted (9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
They are either grey or white. These are the only two paints that can be applied thinly enough to not make a little "bump" just aft of the inlet ring which would disrupt laminar flow. Someone is probably working on other colors, but I wouldn't hold my breath.