Russian charter and cargo carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) expects to cut its fuel costs by $100,000 per year after repainting one of its 10 Antonov An-124 freighters.
The new base coat, clear coat system will help to reduce drag, according to Vladimir Drebnev, senior engineer at VDA, resulting in a 1.5 per cent reduction in fuel costs.
Drebnev also predicts reduced maintenance costs: “The base lacquer also gives a freshly painted look for a longer period so it also produces a saving in paint work too. The periods between washing of the aircraft can also be extended because the lacquer is more soil-resistant.”
VDA is to monitor the fuel savings achieved by the aircraft and, if it performs as expected, will apply the paint to the rest of its An-124 fleet.