AkzoNobel and Embraer have teamed up to develop three new wildlife-themed aircraft liveries for the OEM’s latest line of E2 commercial jets. The trio of aircraft—which are painted to look like an eagle, a tiger and a shark—are being used to promote Embraer’s global Profit Hunter project.
The Profit Hunter name, which is inspired by the golden eagle, is what Embraer is calling its new E2 jet to “symbolize its ability to adapt to any environment, to efficiently fly long distances and to hunt down new business opportunities,” according to a spokesperson for the company.
The liveries were applied at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, which has housed a dedicated AkzoNobel color mixture center for four years. AkzoNobel developed the colors requested by Embraer for use on the jets. According to AkzoNobel, the eagle commercial jet took 20 days to paint while the shark and tiger aircraft took 10 days each to paint. The shark livery made its debut earlier this year at the Farnborough Air Show.
Each of the liveries were created using aerospace coatings from AkzoNobel’s Alumigrip and Aerodur product ranges. AkzoNobel says the former product range, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year, “is well-known for high gloss, excellent distinctness of image and ease of use.” The Aerodur brand includes several products approved by OEMs such as Embraer, Airbus and Boeing, and AkzoNobel says they provide a “durable, long lasting, protective and decorative finish that exceeds typical OEM requirements for exterior aircraft performance.” Both product ranges offer leading-edge basecoat/clearcoat systems, which AkzoNobel says were developed to improve durability and reduce application time.
According to AkzoNobel and Embraer, both companies have a long-standing relationship. AkzoNobel says it has a dedicated team working with Embraer on an ongoing basis to offer local tech support, color development and paint mix production. According to AkzoNobel, this work has helped Embraer reduce its cycle time between ordering a new color and having it ready to be applied to an aircraft by 90%.