>There could be a difference in maintenance issues
>(depends if CO does the maintenance on the DC-10s
>they lease to HA).
Or it could be a requirement of the lease to maintain the base white coat of paint.
>Polishing or Painting in theory costs
>about the same when looking a the big picture.
Not according to AA:
Q: Over the course of a year, what is the estimated fuel savings operating an AA non-painted 757 vs a painted one like United for example? What's the weight difference?
A: Sorry for the delay. The weight difference between a polished and a painted B757 is about 200lbs. With about 120,000 annual departures, this translates into about $300,000 annually in savings in fuel.
>I think if AA is going to keep the planes in the fleet for
>a long period of time, they will change the paint to
>Reno's aircraft were kept white because they were either leaving AA's
>fleet, or there was something wrong (rust?) (I heard both, but I forget).
Nothing wrong with ex-QQ airplanes. Fuselages were annodized(sp?) to protect against rust. This was the owners requirement and contained in the lease agreements QQ signed in order to use the planes. Fuselage skin panels would have required replacement in order to meet AA polished metal standards. Approx. cost for a single MD80/90 aircraft = $3,000,000.00.
For this reason, and numerous others, AA decided to replace the ex-QQ airplanes with new purchase B757s.
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