|Quoting Captaink (Reply 48):|
Ok so now i am rather confused. IF this is the case, what are other airbii aircraft made of? The A320 series, the A330 series etc. I thought these airplanes were made of composite materials, hence the inability to sport a baremetal livery, because it is not metal. I also thought that was the case for the A300. How is it that the 787 would be the first?
All Airbus aircraft are primarily of aluminium construction. Some areas are made of composite materials such as carbon fibre, and on the A380 a material called GLARE is used in some areas.
The reason for the lack of polished metal skin on Airbus aircraft (except the AA A300s), and in fact on most European produced aircraft, is the use of 'bonded primer'. See this link to an earlier discussion on the AA A300s.
Incidentally, American Airlines also operated the BAe 146 for a short period. That aircraft also received an overall grey paint job like the A300s initially had.
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