WARSAW, Poland -- LOT Polish Airlines has chosen a new chrome-free aerospace primer coatings system by PPG for corrosion resistance because it is eco-friendly and a preferred PPG topcoat for superior gloss and shine to repaint three Embraer E175 jets and a 737-400 airplane.
Repainting Embraer E175 Jets and 737-400 Airplane
| LOT Polish Airlines Selects PPG’s Topcoat and
Primer System for its Jets and Airplane
High-solids DESOPRIME™ 7065 chrome-free polyurethane primer
applied over Desoprime CFWP 7530 chrome-free wash primer pretreatment
are designed to work together to inhibit corrosion. The LOT Polish Airlines aircraft also are being painted with high-solids DESOTHANE® HS 8800 buffable topcoat by PPG that has outstanding color and gloss retention, so they should maintain their appearance for years.
According to Ralf Maubach, PPG sales manager, aerospace, Central and Eastern Europe, LOT Polish Airlines is the first European airline to use the PPG primer and topcoat system to paint complete aircraft.
Eco-friendly PPG Primer System
“LOT Polish Airlines likes the high gloss of Desothane HS 8800 topcoat, which they had used previously for their 85th anniversary livery and to repaint other aircraft
,” Maubach said. “We introduced them to the new PPG primer system because it is eco-friendly while affording exceptional corrosion resistance
LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOTAMS) repainted the 737-400 airplane and the first E175 jet at its Warsaw facility, where it will repaint the additional two E175 jets.
“LOTAMS is a maintenance base that, thanks to its developed infrastructure and highly qualified staff, for the first time in Europe has painted aircraft using a new, chrome-free primer system manufactured by PPG
,” said Wojciech Stradowski, acting workshop maintenance manager, LOTAMS. “This new, innovative painting ordered by LOT Polish Airlines is not only environmentally friendly, but also contributes to the efficiency and safety of paint shop workers. We are proud that the high quality of our work made LOT and PPG choose our company to perform this task.
Low VOC Products
The complete PPG coatings system comprising wash primer pretreatment, polyurethane primer and topcoat is qualified to SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095. The coatings system has levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) more than 60 percent lower than a standard system and reduced weight because coverage is achieved with less material. Desoprime CFWP 7530 wash primer has good washability and promotes excellent adhesion for chrome-free Desoprime 7065 primer, which has resistance to fingerprints.
PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services.
About LOT Polish Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines is a modern airline that connects New Europe with the world. It provides nearly 5 million passengers a year with the shortest and most comfortable travel options to almost 60 destinations worldwide via Warsaw, a competitive hub that offers fast connections. As the only carrier in the region, LOT offers direct long-haul flights to the USA, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea while building its leadership position in East Central Europe. It flies one of the youngest fleets in Europe and, as the only airline, operates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced aircraft, on all long-haul connections. LOT relies primarily on the passion and positive energy of its team members, including top ranking pilots in the global aviation business, often champions in many aviation sports. With 87 years of experience, LOT is also one of the oldest airlines in the world and the most internationally recognized Polish brand. This recognition is proven by the numerous awards from industry organizations, media and, above all, from passengers.
About LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services
LOTAMS is one of the leading MRO providing technical services for both civil and military aircraft. The company supplies a full scope of base and line maintenance and also has extensive component workshops and an aircraft paint facility. With facilities strategically located at Warsaw Chopin Airport with a total infrastructure area of 18000 m2, LOTAMS is capable of accommodating up to ten lines combining heavy and light maintenance across Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, ATR and Airbus types including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 767 and 737 as well as the Embraer 135, 145, 170, 175, 190 and 195, Bombardier Q400, ATR42/72 and Airbus A320 Family. In 2012, the company joined the elite group of authorized service centers for Embraer. The certificate granted by EAI (Embraer Aviation International SAS) not only confirms both high-quality services and short turnaround times (TAT), but also the possibility of gaining new business perspectives in the competitive market. When looking for solid maintenance services that guarantee a safe flight, LOTAMS aims to be the company to turn to.
PPG works every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that its customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, it solves its customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, it operates and innovates in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2015.