After expanding its fleet with six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Rex Airlines has chosen PPG Aerospace products to protect and beautify them.
Managed by parent company Regional Express, Rex Airlines is a long-standing PPG customer and the largest regional airline in Australia with more than 60 destinations. Despite being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline commenced domestic jet operations in March 2021, starting with services in the golden triangle of Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane which utilise new additions to the fleet in the form of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
According to Png Yeow Tat, Rex Airlines General Manager Engineering, the company already applies PPG Desothane HD CA9008 basecoat-clearcoat system on its fleet of Saab 340 aircraft (the largest Saab fleet in the world) so selecting PPG Aerospace products for the Boeing 737-800 aircraft was an easy choice. “This innovative technology provides excellent colour and gloss retention and outstanding appearance compared to a direct gloss system, leading the airline to use this system and other PPG products on our B737 aircraft.”
The aircraft were also painted locally at Douglas Aerospace, a family-owned and operated aircraft paint service company with more than 30 years of expertise, headquartered in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. “We are proud that Rex Airlines selected PPG’s innovative paint systems for its expanded fleet of narrow-body aircraft,” said Mark Ingram, PPG Account Manager, Aerospace, Australia. “With our local manufacturing capabilities in Australia, we have the unmatched ability to meet the needs of regional companies, like Rex Airlines and Douglas Aerospace, who assisted with the aircraft painting.”
PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, adhesives, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armour, as well as chemical management and other services.