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Racing Car into Airplane: New Airline Livery Created With ANAC Paints

Published on 2008-05-12. Author : SpecialChem

ANAC (Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings) has taken one of the most innovative liveries ever devised for an airline from drawing board to flight ready in just ten days. 'Make a commercial aircraft resemble a F1 racing car' - this was the challenge presented in the project brief for ANAC when Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, unveiled the new livery for one of its Airbus A320 passenger jets to mark the announcement of its sponsorship of the inaugural Formula 1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next year.

The airline needed the whole job done as quickly as possible so that the transformed plane could be in the air to launch a comprehensive program of activities and promotions surrounding the Grand Prix, of Abu Dhabi 2009.

"Etihad is a long term customer and partner of ANAC and trusted us to be able to meet their tight deadlines" explained René Bremer, ANAC Sales Manager of the Middle East. "To make sure we did, we put one of our experienced engineers on site fulltime throughout the coating application process."

The finish had to have the same sparkle as on a racing car. Within the tight timeframe ANAC developed the coating system, supplied spray-outs for client approval, manufactured the colors required, and shipped them to Air Livery in Chateauroux, France for application. Air Livery managed to fit the work into its own busy schedule, so the job was finished and the aircraft, in the air in record time. The result is one of the most striking liveries flying today.

In a complete contrast to the Etihad corporate color scheme, the A320 is coated overall in black featuring a red racing car and the official race title logo aft, and the Formula 1™ logo on the engine nacelles. To achieve the effect, ANAC used coatings from their leading Aviox high solids polyurethane topcoat range – covering the solid black with the Diamond (super sparkle effect) mica to achieve the unique finish required. Aerodur C21/100 UVR clear coat was applied to give a long lasting 'wet look' finish that is still easy to clean. All the other coating colors came from the same Aviox family.

About ANAC:

ANAC (Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coating) is part of the world's largest coatings business. With offices around the world, ANAC has nearly 80 years experience in aircraft coatings, pioneering many of the technologies used in the industry and taking the lead in technical training and support for OEMs, maintenance and application personnel worldwide.

About Akzo Nobel:

Akzo Nobel is one of the world's leading industrial companies. We are the largest global coatings manufacturer and the number one in decorative paints and performance coatings, as well as being a major worldwide supplier of speciality chemicals. We employ around 60,000 people in more than 80 countries and are committed to developing innovative products and cutting-edge sustainable technologies. We endeavor to deliver whatever our customers require, wherever and whenever they need it. Based in the Netherlands, Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. We are the Chemicals industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as being included on the FTSE4Good Index. Pro forma combined revenue for 2007 totaled EUR 14.4 billion. The financial results for the first quarter will be published on May 7, 2008.

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Source: Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings

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