The airline explains why the plane’s wing is covered with adhesive tape

The Boeing 787-9s have been identified as “prone to paint failures due to ultraviolet (UV) damage,” states a 2020 report by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Recently, an Air New Zealand spokesperson said that peeling paint of on the wings of Boeing 787-9 aircraft is a global problem. “The peeling does not affect the structural integrity of the wing and does not affect the safety of flight,” said a Boeing spokesman. The only potential risk posed by peeling paint was to airline crew when using “fall arrest protection systems of the type vacuum,” the FAA document reads.

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has also been hit by paint peeling problems on its A350 aircraft after facing legal action from Qatar Airways. The complaint was closed by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which responded by saying the paint issue did not affect the aircraft’s structure or cause other risks. Similarly, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said there was no risk to passengers when duct tape repairs were carried out on aircraft.


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