With its vibrant seven-colour vertical tailplane, Asiana Airlines’ initial A380 jetliner will soon be making quite the first impression at airports around the world.
Responsible for this unique – and complex – livery is the highly-advanced and eco-efficient Airbus A380 painting facility in Hamburg, Germany, which paints all of the company’s double-deck jetliners prior to their deliveries to customers.
“The paint shop in Hamburg is one of the most modern in the world with regard to the reduction of emissions and cleaning of air,” said Christoph Hettwer, Head of A380 Paint Shop. “In addition to our commitment to environmentally responsible painting, it is also important to satisfy customers’ requirements for gloss, thickness and cleanliness of paint.”
Airbus uses Chromate-free paint for primer, intermediate and top coats for its A380 jetliner, which reduces the process’ environmental footprint. In addition, Airbus also utilises electrostatic pistols to minimise paint mist and used air is cleaned and washed through a multi-stage process to ensure paint particles are disposed separately.
A380 jetliners are painted at Airbus’ Hamburg location in two specially-built hangars – each more than 22,000 square metres – along with separate facilities for painting and handling the vertical tailplane.
The entire A380 painting process takes approximately 10-14 days – including aircraft preparation – with some 650 kg. of paint used to cover the A380’s more than 3,100-square-metre surface area.