Why Wash & Polish

Reduce drag and fuel consumption with our effective expert technical wash and polish.

Dirt and moisture influence aircraft weight (OEW), increasing on average by 0.1% to 0.2% per year, levelling off around 1% after 5 to 10 years.

  • Fuel savings : 1-2% reduction of aircraft drag as a consequence of regular washing and polishing.
  • Savings on paint cost through regular washing and polishing.
  • Refurbishment of deteriorated paint, potentially increasing life cycle by 12 months.
Unwashed Plane

Aircraft Drag Figures from Boeing Aircraft Corporation showing the effect of a 1% Drag Increase In Terms Of Gallons Per Year:

Aircraft Increase in annual fuel consumption (gallons per year)
747 +100,000
777 +70,000
767 +30,000
757 +25,000
737 +15,000
727 +30,000

In order for aircraft washing and polishing to reduce drag, the correct zones need to be targeted to ensure maximum effectiveness:

Technical wash and polish

Traditional washing and polishing is costly and time consuming. It requires:

  • Large amounts of water
  • Large amounts of chemicals
  • Use of specifically built and designated wash stands – towing the aircraft to the stand & rental of the wash bay
  • Surface water contamination through cadmium releases and the use of chemicals
  • The restrictions on the use of water or the water supply

Alpha Bravo’s Technical Wash and Polish Includes:

Dry and semi-wet wash products

Surfaces are left clean, dry within minutes and are usable immediately.

Bio-degradable chemicals

All contaminants are filtered out and the clean water is recycled and reused.

Minimal water usage

Closed-loop system captures the water used in the cleaning process, providing for compliance with environmental storm water runoff regulations.

Washing without the need for specific wash stand & associated infrastructure

Removes grease, oil, glycol, and other contaminants from airport gate and ramp areas.

Added benefits of Alpha-Bravo’s Expertise & Experience

As our experienced engineers & technicians work on your aircraft they can also carry out unscheduled aerodynamic visual inspections.

Surface misrigging is a source of unnecessary fuel consumption and aircraft damage. As an example, a spoiler extended by 15mm over a 1 meter spanwise lengths could cost up to $10000 per year in fuel (according to Airbus financial controllers). Full reporting can easily be made and contact with maintenance engineers is part of the approach.

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