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An airplane is a major investment. Even small aircrafts can cost millions of dollars to build, and maintaining airplanes can also be a very expensive venture. It would make sense then, to make sure that you maximized your investment by increasing your aircraft’s longevity and efficiency.
On its face, it might sound like those two goals could be quite expensive. But that’s not the case. Polishing your airplane on a regular basis helps to improve your investment through a number of different factors—including increasing the exterior surface’s longevity, reducing the amount of downtime, improving fuel efficiency, and lowering the carbon footprint. The enhanced corporate image doesn’t hurt either, as it can lead to more business for your aircraft.
Protecting your investment is paramount to ensuring that your airplane lasts long-term. Polishing your airplane can help you do just that—and of course it will enhance your aircraft’s look!
The first and perhaps most immediately noticeable change to your aircraft after a polish is the look. Everyone notices an aircraft that’s had a good polish—there is a strong shine after a deep clean that is absent of corrosion and heavy oxidation. The exterior has a gleam and displays a reflection. A cleaner, sharper looking exterior makes for an attractive corporate image, and that often means more business. Attracting more business or corporate partners certainly would be looked upon as protecting your investment for the long term. This is one benefit of polishing that those interested in aesthetics are sure to enjoy.
Increase Exterior Surface’s Longevity
While most people know that having an airplane polished means that the exterior is going to be clean with a deep shine, most people don’t know some of the other benefits. Not all of the benefits to polishing an airplane are aesthetic, and one of the more noticeable non-aesthetic benefits is the increase in the exterior surface’s longevity. Aircrafts that are regularly polished have exteriors that last longer than airplanes that do not regularly get polished. That’s because without a regular polish, corrosion eats away at the exterior of the airplane as dirt, oxidation, and debris pick up and damage the walling. Polishing an airplane reduces the level of exterior corrosion, and thus improves the longevity of the airplane. If you are looking to protect your investment by keeping it going for years without having to perform major maintenance on airplane’s exterior, then you should definitely look into polishing your aircraft.
Reduce Amount Of Downtime
Another way to protect your investment long term is to reduce the amount of downtime that your aircraft has. Getting maintenance is important, but if your aircraft is consistently getting cleaned and needs exterior repairs, perhaps that is because the plane isn’t getting a quality polish on a regular basis. Many aircrafts often have scheduled “routine washings” that keep them out of service when they could be servicing passengers and making money. Aircrafts that are polished regularly spend less down time because of “routine washings” and there is less of a buildup of debris and oxidation on the airplane’s exterior. By reducing the amount of downtime for your aircraft, you are increasing the amount of time it can be in the air and making money. This is a great long term investment in your airplane—polishing it on a regular basis means that you are going to deal with less maintenance and more business.
Improved Fuel Efficiency
This is perhaps the most important benefit of polishing an aircraft for some owners. The improved fuel efficiency of airplanes that are regularly polished is undeniable, and some believe that the improvements can even be as high as five percent. Over long periods of time, fuel costs for aircrafts can be incredibly expensive. That’s why improving fuel efficiency is so important, it doesn’t just save you money now, it also saves you money in the long term, over the striking fluctuations of fuel prices. Fuel efficiency is improved by removing heavy oxidation and corrosion from the exterior of the plane, which reduces the amount of resistance that the aircraft must endure while flying. Improved fuel efficiency isn’t usually something that you think of when you hear “airplane polishing,” but it is definitely one of the more coveted benefits to the practice. If you are interested in saving money on fuel for your aircraft, you are interested in polishing your airplane.
Lowered Carbon Footprint
This benefit goes hand in hand with improved fuel efficiency. Vehicles that need to use less fuel create a smaller carbon footprint than those that need to use more. And that goes for planes too. In fact, since planes typically use large volumes of fuel, they can be some of the worst greenhouse gas offenders. Lowering your carbon footprint helps to move away from that trend, and of course, using less fuel means using less money to pay for fuel. These savings can be reinvested in your company or passed onto your customers, both of which are beneficial.
Purchasing an airplane is a major investment, and one that you want to last long into the future. Polishing your aircraft on a regular basis helps you to do just that—by providing you with several additional benefits that go far beyond the improved aesthetic. Of course, an improved look can help gain corporate clients and business partners, which is good for business and another form of protecting your investment. But the improved fuel efficiency, lowered carbon footprint, reduced amount of downtime, and increased exterior surface longevity all mean that your aircraft is going to be around for a long time. Polishing your aircraft on a regular basis is definitely the way to make sure that you protect your investment and keep it safe. Make sure that you maximize your airplane investment by improving its efficiency and keeping the exterior free of debris and corrosion. The benefits that come with polishing go far beyond looks!