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    New airliner painting question

    Today I saw a new 737 heading to Spokane International Airport in a factory fresh "green" unpainted condition.
    There is a firm there, "Associated Painters" with a new purpose built facility there that paints aircraft. I know high end bizjet and new Viking Twin Otters receive paint there and I've seen photos of Southwest Airlines 737s at the facility too.

    My question: who would have been flying the new jet for paint? A Boeing crew, customer crew, or freelance?

    Spokane/GEG is just a 45 minute flight from Renton, so it's easy to get the jets here from Boeing.

    -Would an airline contract with the firm or is the first paint part of the purchase price and be contracted by Boeing?

    -And are they complete when painted or would they have to return to Boeing or another contractor for final interior work?
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

 

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