May 1, 2009
NCA Green Freighter starts operation
New paint system used in Japan for the first time
Fuel consumption cut as fuselage weight is reduced
Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA, Headquartered in Tokyo; President: Tadamasa Ishida) is the first Japanese airline company to adopt an innovative new paint system, developed by Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. of Germany, and will operate an "NCA Green Freighter" with its nose painted green.
The newly painted Boeing 747-400 freighter (B747-400F) - No. 4 “NCA Pegasus”- will become operational as the Green Freighter on Friday, May 8, taking off for Shanghai at 10:25 a.m.*.
The improved paint, which incorporates new ingredients, covers the base material of the fuselage with thin layers of paint, effectively reducing the weight of the fuselage by around 45kg per aircraft. This reduction in weight will cut the amount of fuel consumed by about 42 drums per year.
The new paint is also weather-resistant, making it less vulnerable to rain and exposure to ultra violet rays, which cause degradation in color and gloss, while there is less paint stripping than with existing paint systems. This will extend the working life of the aircraft’s paint. It also reduces the amount of cleaning agent to be used and the polluted water that is discharged as it requires less frequent washing. The new paint system has a number of positive effects that help preserve the environment.
NCA will actively engage itself in protecting and preserving the environment in order to sustain a prosperous society. We will make our utmost effort to become an Earth-friendly and human-friendly company.
The NCA Green Freighter will land at Narita International Airport for the first time on Thursday, May 7 at 07:00*
*Flight schedule is subject to change.
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