KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has the oldest Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) shop for aircraft in the world (more than 80 years old). The company’s philosophy in all areas, including thermal spray, has always been to pursue the latest innovations and to maintain well-equipped facilities with state-of-the-art processes, equipment and materials for performing repairs. In the area of thermal spray, the latest procurement is a state-of-the-art unique cabinet with a high enthalpy plasma spray process. This new cabinet and new plasma spray process provides up-to-date technology for applying thermal spray coatings on aircraft engines. In this paper, experiences and the latest results obtained using this system to deposit various types of coatings used on aircraft will be reported.

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