Painting of a Boeing 777 video. Don’t skip this video, just watch and enjoy.The Emirates story started in 1985 when we launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, Emirates fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.
source/image: Airplane Restoration
Painting a commercial jet can take up to two weeks depending on the size of the aircraft and how complicated the color scheme is to apply to the plane. Different sized aircraft require different amounts of paint, but just how much is quite surprising. An average Boeing 777 requires around 260 litres of paint, while an Airbus A380 can require up to 3600 litres.
Half the 777 wing-painting team has been redeployed to other roles, such as programming the machines, painting the airline liveries on the fuselage or working on the sophisticated paint job needed for the 787-9 tails, which have a special smooth aerodynamic finish.
The vast majority of aircraft are painted with a high volume, low pressure spray system, which is able to add a very thin, even layer of paint. Paint is generally applied in three layers: primer, base coast, top coat. It is the top coat that gives a plane its shiny appearance.