Non-Toxic Alternative Eliminates Chemicals and Improves Process Time of Painting Aircraft
FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, continues to extend its company-wide commitment to environmental sustainability by switching to innovative clean technology when repainting its aircraft.
American Eagle has adopted Pantheon Enterprises' non-toxic surface pretreatment, PreKote, to prep all of its planes for painting. PreKote, which promotes paint adhesion and prevents corrosion, is an environment-friendly alternative to hexavalent chromium. It also saves money in total application.
"Preparing aircraft for paint has traditionally been a labor-intensive process. We wanted to replace it with something that was both environmentally friendly and effective," said Steve Rodgers, Director - Base and Contract Maintenance for American Eagle. "By using PreKote, we have a big advantage in safety for the environment and employees. It also requires fewer steps to get the planes ready for repainting, which increases efficiency and saves us money."
PreKote also reduces water usage by up to two-thirds and significantly decreases wastewater treatment. Users of PreKote have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program.
"The forward-thinking leaders at American Eagle Airlines are setting new standards in aerospace painting and environmental stewardship," said Pantheon Chemical CEO Laura Roberts. "Their decision to use PreKote will help improve not only the company's bottom line but also sustainability of the aerospace industry."
About American Eagle
American Eagle operates over 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld®( )Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).
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