KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER painted in a special SkyTeam livery in celebration of the alliance’s 10th anniversary.
The aircraft, KLM’s fourth Boeing 777-300ER, is registered PH-BVD and is painted in the silver-with-dark blue-accents of the SkyTeam Alliance.
This latest addition signals a double first: Not only is it the first aircraft to leave the Boeing plant using environmentally friendlier paint, but the delivery also marks the start of an in-service evaluation using chrome-free decorative paint and primer.
As part of Boeing’s lifecycle approach to reducing environmental impact and in response to KLM’s and other customers’ requests, the manufacturer has introduced a chrome-free primer and chrome-free exterior decorative paint to the KLM 777-300ER.
Boeing says that, in addition to simplified health and safety monitoring requirements, a chrome-free primer reduces the environmental impact of the paint and stripping process. Removing chrome from the paint and primer eliminates the need for special handling of paint waste and clean-up and designated offsite disposal areas.
The manufacturer will apply the non-chrome paint and primer on up to 14 aircraft across all its jetliner models for in-service evaluation, with the intention of making it a standard option in the future.