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Discover how we played a blinder by supplying a coatings system for a striking Boeing 787

“You can’t resist getting a little bit fanatical about how good the plane looks.”
“You can’t resist getting a little bit fanatical about how good the plane looks.”
  • The plane was painted in South Carolina in the US
  • We matched and developed five shades of blue
  • Features our Aerodur 3001 base coat and Aerodur 3001 clear coat
  • Our coatings products can also be found on Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium

Not satisfied with attracting admiring glances in the English Premier League, reigning champions Manchester City have now been emblazoned in blue all over a Boeing 787, thanks to our aerospace coatings.

Etihad Airways recently unveiled the stunning aircraft, which features specially designed Manchester City livery. Created using our high performance coatings, we matched and developed five shades of blue for the highly skilled team of painters at the Boeing facility in Charleston, South Carolina.

“It doesn’t matter what sport you follow or which team you support, you can’t resist getting a little bit fanatical about how good the plane looks,” says Martijn Dieben, Regional Sales Manager for AkzoNobel’s Aerospace Coatings business. “We take great pride in supplying world class products that deliver exactly to our customer’s specifications and this plane is a fantastic flying showcase for what we can deliver.”

The plane will be used for special events and to promote the strong links which have been forged since Etihad Airways became Manchester City’s official club sponsor. AkzoNobel also has a close relationship with both parties. As well as being a supplier of aerospace coatings to the aircraft maker, the company’s products have also been used on Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

“Our relationship with Manchester City Football Club is strong and prominent, and we wanted to highlight this around our global network,” explains Mohammad Al Fardan, General Manager, Fleet Engineering, for Etihad Airways. “The new, blue livery of our latest Boeing 787-9 certainly does that. It’s striking, stylish and hard to miss – just like Man City.”

Continues Dieben: “When we’re given a plane as a blank canvas, we really want to demonstrate what our products are capable of. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration with Etihad and Boeing, this is a great way to show that it’s not just Manchester City who can turn on the style. We’re also capable of producing a brilliant finish!”

AkzoNobel is a global leader in aerospace coatings, supplying high performance products and technologies for aircraft worldwide. For more information, visit

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