Posted on: 15 March 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing has prepared a new 737-800 for Brazil’s GOL with the first-ever application of a chrome-free primer to a single-aisle aircraft bound for revenue service.
As part of Boeing’s life cycle approach to reducing environmental impact, and in response to requests from GOL and other customers, Boeing has introduced a chrome-free primer to complement chrome-free exterior decorative paint, which Boeing has used for more than a decade. In addition to simplified health and safety monitoring requirements, a chrome-free primer reduces the environmental impact of the paint and stripping process.
Using a chrome-free primer eliminates the need for designated off-site disposal areas and special handling of paint waste and clean up. Such advantages also are of benefit when the aeroplane is prepared for repainting.
Boeing will apply the chrome-free paint and primer on its models for in-service evaluation, with the intention of making it a standard option in the future. GOL is the first airline in the Americas and the first 737 operator to take part in the evaluation programme.