here is what I know:
The first picture's aircraft had just finished some tests they do by towing the plane in a circle, from there it is usually 2 -3 days before they fly the plane out for painting. If the plane had been painted @ RNT
it would have had these tests done after the paint was applied.
Once a plane leaves RNT
, unpainted, it either goes to the customer with no paint (for instance if the customer is having it painted somewhere else), or goes to BFI
for paint. Figure 4-5 working days for the paint, and then a 2-3 week test flight period.
So, the second picture shows an aircraft departing RNT
on 9/11. Assume a week for paint, and 2-3 weeks for flight testing, and it would have been closer to mid-October that the second plane would have been delivered.
's also come out of the factory with the winglets installed, as do most new builds that have them as options. Some do however have them fitted afterwards, such as COPA in Abbottsford and Solbeair @ PAE
I have other pictures of both planes, so we can comapre where the reg numbers were spray painted on.