Qatar Airways has expanded its aircraft painting partnership with Irish maintenance provider Eirtech Aviation to cover than half of its fleet.
The Gulf carrier signed a seven-year contract to repaint 74 aircraft, including 49 Boeing 777s and a number of Airbus A320s and A330s, says Eirtech. The deal comes after the MRO specialist repainted Qatar Airways’ four A340-600s between 2011 and 2013.
The additional aircraft will be completed at Eirtech’s Shannon base as well as its facilities in Dublin, Ostrava in the Czech Republic and the newly acquired, former Alitalia widebody paint hangar in Rome.
The airline has opted for AkzoNobel’s base-coat/clear-coat system, whereby the coloured paint layers can be applied in relatively quick succession before the livery is finally covered with a clear coat. The latter provides all the necessary environmental protection – against, for example, UV light or anti-icing liquids – while the coloured layers are optimised for quick drying times.
Eirtech says that the paint system saves up to a quarter of processing time over conventional paint systems, where each layer provides environmental protection.