Coatings by PPG Industries’ aerospace business create the colorful characters and “The Spirit of Hong Kong” livery on Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER airplane painted to support the “Hong Kong: Our Home” campaign of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
The livery features a dark green fuselage with silhouettes of the 110 winners in an online contest calling on Hong Kong people to submit creative entries that illustrate the true spirit of the city.
Eight custom colors of DESOTHANE® HS/CA 8800 buffable topcoat by PPG Aerospace were applied over DESOPRIME® HS/CA 7700 primer and waterborne chromate-free DesoGel EAP-12 conversion coating and adhesion promoter pretreatment. The high-solids formulations of the topcoat and primer result in a lower percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
“With an aircraft as visible as ‘The Spirit of Hong Kong,’ it was important for Cathay Pacific to have confidence that it would be a showpiece as it flies around the world,” said Kent Wong, technical services manager, Cathay Pacific. “Having worked closely with PPG Aerospace, we knew we could count on their products to perform and on their people to provide the exceptional service we needed.”
“PPG Aerospace was honored to help Cathay Pacific create the special livery,” said Terence Cheng, PPG Coatings Segment Manager, Hong Kong. “Cathay Pacific has long been a PPG Aerospace coatings customer, and PPG supplied coatings for the first and second ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ liveries as well.”
Cheng said the PPG Aerospace application support center in Suzhou, China, worked closely with Cathay Pacific to produce paint samples for color matching as well as the blended coatings. “With eight colors needed in a short time period, the PPG Aerospace team at ASC-Suzhou worked quickly to provide the samples and specific size packages of the blended paints.”
The aircraft was painted by Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. in Xiamen, Fujian, China.
PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies.
About Cathay Pacific Airways
American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific Airways in 1946 as a small freight and passenger carrier. As Hong Kong’s home airline, today Cathay Pacific ranks as the world’s 19th largest airline by operating revenue, 14th largest in terms of revenue passenger kilometres and seventh largest in freight tonne kilometres. Serving 182 destinations in 42 countries and territories, Cathay Pacific carried nearly 29 million revenue passengers in 2012. One of Hong Kong’s largest employers, Cathay Pacific and its subsidiaries employ 31,600 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com.