|Quoting yeelep (Reply 1):|
I would say the percentage of new Boeing planes that aren't painted by Boeing is extremely small.
The only aircraft that leave in green wrap are for certain VIP/Military customers. A few others (also VIP/Military) are delivered all-white or in some cases grey, but technically, that's "painted" by Boeing. It's extremely rare for an airline to take delivery of a completely unpainted plane from Boeing, though some schemes are incomplete when they leave and details might be applied later (like DY
's tail decals, which are applied after delivery). Similarly, F9
's decal tails are applied after delivery from Airbus, but the "Frontier" billboard is painted at the factory.
|Quoting contrails67 (Thread starter):|
Also in terms of schedule, are the fittings done after the exterior painting is done or does it make any difference?
Generally, before. On the 737, 767, 777, and 747 it's all done before unless the seats are not available. and was for the 757 and the older models before that.
Sometimes there is an issue with the seats having a problem - like the Koito seat debacle of a couple of years ago, where several 737s were sitting in storage here in Seattle because there were no seats for them after Koito was found to have falsified certain aspects of its safety compliance. Continental was a major Koito customer and several planes were stored for months as a result. A certain green-hued Asian carrier also had a problem with Koito seats on a trio of 777-300ERs, which were stored at Everett for a long time as a result of this issue.
It takes awhile to get the order for so many seats done, and if the plane gets built and the seats that are on hand can't be fitted, then you have to wait for new ones. Everything on the plane takes awhile to ramp up and it all comes together in a "just in time" way much like a Toyota factory produces things, if a key piece is missing, it really gums things up.
I believe that Koito did eventually rectify things for the 777s, but the CO
737s got seats from another manufacturer.
On the 787, I believe that now seats are being installed on models on the line, but the earlier build 787s in rework may or may not have had seats installed while on the production line (certainly the very early ones did not), and I have no idea about the CHS
facility. However, the 787s in rework have "seat vans" - big metal containers full of interior fittings - coming and going all the time, which would suggest that interiors are being fitted during rework.