We’ve already had a look at the aircraft’s interiors on this blog (missed it? click here to view the images and video), and now the national carrier has published images of the exterior.
The A380 has emerged from the world’s largest paint hangar after its exterior was painted in the famous British Airways red, white and blue colour scheme.
You’ll find one of the images here and the others have been uploaded on my Facebook page – click here to check them out!
Painting such a massive aircraft is not a simple task. In fact, it took 24 painters a total of two weeks at Airbus’ Hamburg hangar to apply five coats of red, white and blue gloss paint.
A high five to those painters, who stood on eight moveable platforms up to 30 metres from the ground, armed with spray guns, traditional paint rollers and small paint brushes (a pretty cool job, if you ask me).
You want more avgeek facts about the process? No problem. The specialists, who spent three years training to learn how to paint an A380, used 2,300 litres of paint to cover an area of 3,500 square metres. Although the total weight of the five layers of paint covering the aircraft weighs around 650kg, the paint applied is no thicker than a human hair.
According to a press release, one of the most challenging aspects for the Airbus team was painting the 10,000 black and white dots on the tailfin of the aircraft.
“This was a difficult task - you can imagine someone had to peel off the thousands of little dots from a stencil - but now it’s finished it looks great,” said Christoph Hettwer, senior manager Airbus A380 paintshop.
The A380 now has all of its cabins installed and will be flown to Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, where it will begin its final stage of checks before being handed over to British Airways in July.