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Resprays to help Emirates keep flying high

Resprays to help Emirates keep flying high
4 Feb 2014

Emirates gave makeovers to almost 10% of its fleet in 2013, completely repainting 21 aircraft at the world's largest airline-owned state-of-the-art paint hangar.

The facility at Dubai International Airport is more than twice the size of a football pitch, and it took the workers there 273 days and nights of non-stop stripping and repainting to complete the task. 

As well as these all-over resprays, the paint shop performed around 60,000 other touch-up jobs, both inside and outside the aircraft.

Although appearances are important, respraying also serves a number of other functions, according to Adel Al Redha, executive vice-president and chief operations officer of Emirates. 

'The paint coat has to withstand fierce weather conditions ... and an exterior coat that is clean of debris and imperfections improves aerodynamics and reduces fuel consumption,' he explained. 

Since Emirates opened its own paint shop in August 2010, it has completed 59 full aircraft resprays.ADNFCR-408-ID-801689794-ADNFCR

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