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The designs Airliners are painted with. These are typically designs of the company owning or leasing the plane.

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If an airline purchases an aircraft, do they have to/feel compelled to change the livery?

If an airline purchases a used commercial aircraft, which would be painted in the livery of its previous owner, would the new airline ever be required (by law) to re-paint the aircraft in their own ...
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Why was the Concorde painted white and not black?

It's well-known that the stated reason the Concorde was painted predominantly white was to mitigate heating problems. However, given that the source of the Concorde's thermal woes wasn't excessive ...
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What is this red dashed line between door and cockpit window?

I noticed this dashed line located between the door and cockpit window on this 737-300 while boarding this exact aircraft at Ibiza airport. It seems to have text beside it but I did not have time to ...
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American Airlines Astrojet - is it really 'polished aluminium'? [duplicate]

I came upon this article, referring to American Airlines' roll-out of a 737-800 in their Astrojet livery. In the article it describes this as 'polished aluminium'. (Photo supplied by American ...
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Why are the wingtips of sailplanes painted red?

Gliders are painted white (I suppose for thermal reasons), except for some shapes on the fuselage (generally blue or red, but it seems the color does not matter). And the aircraft registration is dark,...
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Is the old paint removed before applying a new one?

I've heard that paint on large airplanes weigh 250+ kg. When an aircraft gets a new owner, do they remove the paint that was previously on or simply paint over it? If it is removed, how is it ...
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Do airlines have to get permission from the FAA if they want to change their livery?

Do airlines have to get permission from the FAA to change their livery? It would be great if someone can throw in some examples where this has happened.
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Are commercial aircraft required to have the model number painted on them?

On a lot of aircraft, the model number / aircraft name is clearly marked somewhere on the fuselage, e.g. "Airbus A320". Is there any rule or mandate, that all aircraft must bear the model number at ...
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Why would a C-17 Globemaster be painted in Qatar Airways livery?

Just seen a C17 Globemaster painted in civilian Qatar Airlines livery. Any idea for the reason? Is this aircraft for civilian or a military use?
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Who operates a 707 with Boeing factory livery?

I have just seen a 707 depart from HTDA Dar es Salaam that has the tail painted with the Boeing colors. Any idea of who the plane belongs to? Livery like this one: Obviously 707 instead of 777 ...
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Why is most aircraft livery painted, rather than vinyled?

I just watched a recent AVWeb YouTube video about vinyl decals. In it the owner of Plane Decal says compared to paint, vinyl offers: a more flexible choice of designs a cheaper solution - a GA ...
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Why is “NO STEP” used instead of a grammatically correct spelling? [closed]

There are commonly "NO STEP" signs on airplanes where damage could be caused if a maintenance worker inadvertently put weight on a delicate part of the fuselage. However, the grammar of this appears ...
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Why are commercial airplanes painted at all?

While there was debate over why airplanes are painted white and a question about how much a new paint job costed, what hasn't been asked is why airplanes are painted at all. I remember one airline ...
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How much does it cost to give an airliner a fresh coat of paint?

Just a random thought I had: the weather gives a jet's paint job a battering; meaning they need to be resprayed approximately once every 5-10 years. (See How often is a passenger jet aircraft painted?)...
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Why are cabin doors outlined with a different color than the fuselage?

On almost all airliners I have seen, the doors are painted inside a rectangle which appear to reflect more light. This is the case whether in the aircraft has its manufacturer's paint or an airline's ...
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How often is a passenger jet aircraft painted?

I just read an article (published in 2012) telling the special livery for British airways' A320 to celebrate the Olympics game is made to last one year. I assume this mean those aircraft are painted ...
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Why are planes generally painted white?

When planes come off the assembly line at the factory, they're green: So why are most painted white? Surely a darker colour would hide dirt better? Is there a reason planes are traditionally white? ...
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Why are airliner underbellies generally painted differently?

Some airlines, Delta in particular, have dark underbellies on their liveries. Is this only aesthetic or is there a purpose for it?