PPG special-effect coatings bring life Virgin Atlantic aircrafts

PPG special-effect coatings bring life to Virgin Atlantic aircrafts

4:43 AM, 9th October 2012
PPG special-effect coatings bring life to Virgin Atlantic aircrafts
PPG special-effect coatings add high reflectivity, vibrant colour to red tail as well as aubergine lettering in Virgin Atlantic’s new livery. DESOTHANE topcoats with ANDARO pigment are being used on new aircrafts and also to repaint its existing fleet with the new livery.

SHILDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Special-effect coatings by PPG Industries’ aerospace coatings group enabled Virgin Atlantic Airways to have the unique reflectivity and bright, vibrant colour the airline’s design and engineering teams wanted for its new livery.

The airline has taken delivery of the first new aircraft - an Airbus A330 - painted with DESOTHANE(R) topcoats by PPG Aerospace coloured with ANDARO(R) special-effect pigment. The proprietary PPG pigment was used in coatings that create the red tail and engines and the aubergine Virgin Atlantic lettering across the aircraft. The fuselage is painted with Desothane topcoats in high-sparkle silver mica.

“Traditional mica aircraft coatings have about 30 per cent reflectivity, while coatings with Andaro pigment reflect about 90 per cent of visible light,” said Alex Reid, Aerospace Account Manager, North Europe Application Centre, PPG.

Virgin Atlantic’s design team came to PPG with a vision for the colouring. Reid and the PPG Aerospace coatings team sought input from colour experts in PPG’s automotive OEM (original-equipment manufacturer) coatings business, and they adapted the Andaro pigment technology for aerospace coating applications.

Desothane topcoats with Andaro pigment will be used on all new aircraft delivered to Virgin Atlantic and are being used for repainting its existing fleet with the new livery.

Peter Wind, PPG sealants and coatings technical manager for the United Kingdom, oversaw testing to confirm the suitability of coatings with Andaro pigment for aircraft exterior application. He represented PPG at the A330 delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, and on the aircraft’s maiden flight to London’s Heathrow Airport.

“It was a bright, sunny day and the red Andaro pigment was shown to its full effect. We walked around the exterior of the aircraft with Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgway, and he was impressed with the vibrancy of the PPG coatings,” said Wind.

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