Maintenance and Economic Benefits of Non-Painted Aircraft Operations 892208
Alclad aluminum sheet has been used for decades as the material of choice for aircraft fuselage sheet. Producers have developed and improved aluminum alloys that today allow airline companies to fly polished unpainted aircraft that are attractive, unique and instantly identifiable to the traveling public.
The use of polished fuselages not only provides an attractive exterior but also offers functional benefits. These include fuel savings by flying with less paint, maintenance savings from reduced down time during C and D checks, reduction in hazardous waste disposal, and improved inspection capabilities.
Arguments for both sides of this issue are sound. However the proven advantages of flying non-painted polished aircraft necessitate consideration of the concept of flying non-painted polished fleets for improved economic performance.