Polot wrote:sxf24 wrote:Opus99 wrote:My two cents on this is the heat in the Middle East. I did not understand how bad it gets in the summer because I’ve never been there in the summer until I connected through Doha this summer and we had to use a remote gate. It is unbearably hot in the Middle East during the summer, I can imagine how that heat can affect the surface of aircraft. Especially when you’re in that heat constantly mixed with the dust as well.
The thing is, airbus can’t argue none of our other customers are complaining. Well none of your other 350 customers operate in those conditions.
I have also noticed the grounded aircrafts have moved from 13 to 16.
EK, EY, and ET all have hubs with harsh conditions and most A350 operators serve destinations in the Middle East.
If NZ can fly a black painted 787, a gray painted A350 should hold up in harsher conditions.
EK and EY do not have A350s (in service). Addis Ababa’s climate is nothing like the Middle East’s.
The fact that a plane’s paint should hold up better in a harsher environment compared to an all black plane of a completely different type doesn’t mean it does. The issue, if there is one, is probably completely unrelated to the composites, but rather the coating/treatment/primer Airbus uses and how it interacts with QR’s paint formula or climate.
You realize Boeing doe nt want 787 engine cowlings painted dark colors due to dark paint increasing heat & can damage the composites. Reducing their life span. Also darker paint on Air New Zealand planes could cause issue long term. It remains to be seen. MPO based on Boeing comments i past news articles.