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Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:31 am

Why does Lufthansa paint the wings of its a/c white?

Is it just part of the colour scheme? Also doesn't it cost more having to use the extra paint and wouldn't it add more to the weight of their a/c?

Why don't they just leave them with the bare metal finish?


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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:11 pm

if i´m not mistaken, the wings of LH's mainline aircraft (not CLH) are grey which matches the grey lower fuselage. the horizontal tails are white on the bottom side.

i think it´s all just about matching the color of the wing to the fuselage.

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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:36 pm


Numerous LH A300B4-203 ; D-AIBB... had white wings !!! I had a photo of the type during turnaround in HAJ with a white belly and white wings. The photo was taken in 1986 and at that time white bellies wheren't a commonality  Big grin Also i think that the first B763 for Condor had white wings too...
 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 8:00 pm

Very interesting question. The additional weight (cost) of having painted wings for the sake of aesthetics does not make economic sense on a massive fleet like Lufthansa's.

Perhaps whatever finish that is ordinarily applied to wings comes in different colors.
 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:08 am

Are there any other airlines that do this?

There can't be that many, although I think I've seen bmi a/c with blue horizontal stabilisers.

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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:17 am

Landor,

I believe the old Swiss charter airline Balair painted their MD-80s' and A310s' wings bright yellow.
 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:54 am

I believe wings are usually painted (mostly in a grey finish), that is at least with newer aircraft types. That is done to protect the bare metal and composite parts and though it adds weight it seems to pay of in the end. Check out this thread, especially reply #18:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/88354/
These are also good threads:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/44676/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/49582/
Every airline has its own policy on how to pain the wings, e.g. LH paints them white on top since it better matches theirs color scheme. UA paints them in a light grey, NW paints the middle part where you can walk on in dark grey as can be seen well in this pic:

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I started a topic on this a while ago too with a few replies:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/73898/
Have fun reading all that... It is interesting though.

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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:03 am

I believe all airlines paint their wings now, depending on the aircraft type. They are usually light grey, with a darker grey in the walking area or on the underside. I can't think of an airline that doesn't paint them, so the cost must be justified.
 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:47 am

The Grey paint that is usually applied is a corosion protecting paint, called "Coroguard", I do believe. Colour variations do apply, but the painted wing surfaces are done simply to reduce corrosion on those parts.
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:50 am

As most winglets are of made of composites, they need to be coated. Airlines paint them in their specific color scheme thus.

The costs of painted winglets can be neglected.
The paint of a whole A340 (~22.000sqft) is about 800lb, what role does the paint on 40sqft play?



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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:59 am

Ok thanks

So all wings are painted to protect them, just LH chooses a white derivative of the paint.

 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:24 am

Their painted for both corrosion and what not protection and also to match the rest of the plane/the fusealodge. ...geek
 
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RE: Reason Why LH Paints Its Wings White?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:25 pm

Could white also be considered less a heat absorbant to avoid fuel expansion problems?

I always loved the red wings on BEA British European Airways.


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