In case you missed the news earlier in the week, American Airlines entered into service the first legacy US Airways Airbus A319 painted in the American Airlines livery. The newly dressed plane, tail number N700UW, first flew from Charlotte (CLT) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on flight 2060 with its new paint job on January 30th. This is of course the first of many US Airways (and legacy AA livery) aircraft to be painted in the new American livery and took 13 days for the makeover.
From the press release:
“Today marks an important next step in our airlines’ integration and is a tangible way for customers and employees to see the result of our progress first hand,” said American Airlines president, Scott Kirby. “The integration of our airlines, including painting the rest of the US Airways fleet, will take many months as we work to deliver value through this merger for our employees, our customers and our investors.” The Airbus recently spent 13 days receiving its makeover. In anticipation of the new coat of paint, the existing paint was gently removed, the aircraft sanded and washed. Following the metallurgical exfoliation, the seams were sealed, the aircraft masked and 80 gallons of specially chosen paint applied to the exterior. A final detailing was completed to ensure the highest shine before sending the plane out the door and back to work.
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