The Various Types of Commercial Aircrafts

How does a typical flight journey look like for a passenger?

Buying flight tickets, checking-in at the airport, boarding the flights, services on the flight and getting off the flight. In the rush to get from one place to another not many are bothered to notice the Vessel or Aircraft that transports them. Aircrafts are still considered the safest mode of transportation but it is always wise to know more about the flight we travel in.

With all the new aeronautical technologies and advanced engineering practiced now, the various types of Aircrafts and models continue to grow longer. But what commercial aircrafts are commonly bought by airline companies? The world’s major airlines employ large numbers of Airbus, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft for their fleets. The safety and convenience of passengers is certainly based on the various aircrafts that Commercial Airline companies use.

The Leading Commercial Aircrafts

The Competitors - Airbus & Boeing

The Competitors – Airbus & Boeing

Airbus and Boeing are used for long-range destinations. British Airways, World’s largest international carrier with a global network from London has an extensive fleets of Boeings and Airbuses for long-range flights and Embraers for medium-range travel. The other airlines from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland have a similar but smaller fleet size.

The Boeing Company is multinational Aerospace Company and Defense Corporation that has its roots in the United States. Among the Boeing aircraft is the single-aisle 757 model, an older model that debuted in 1979. British Airways and the England-based Eastern Airways are regular customers of the 757s that can accommodate up to 149 passengers in a single-class configuration or 126 in two classes. The extended-range 767 can seat up to 245 passengers. The 777-200ER can hold up to 440 passengers depending on the class configuration as a long-range airplane. It measures 209 feet long.

Airbus is a popular aircraft manufacturing that is a subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company. The Airbus A300 series dates to 1974, with the smaller A310 arriving by the early 1980s. The single-aisle A320 remains one of the most widely use Airbus aircraft throughout the world as a short- and medium-range aircraft. Larger aircraft feature the A330/340 models launched in 2007 and capable of carrying up to 525 passengers. The A380 model features a double deck and passenger capacity of up to 853 people in a single-class configuration. The A380 is a class leader in noise reduction. It produces 50 percent less noise on takeoff and up to four times less when landing than competing aircraft.

Differences between Airbus & Boeing Aircraft

Difference between Boeing (Top) & Airbus (Bottom) Aircrafts

Difference between Boeing (Top) & Airbus (Bottom) Aircrafts

The most easy way to identify the plane is by checking the lower half of the body for the company’s name — Airbus or Boeing. Another difference is the aircraft’s nose. Airbus planes have a curved and rounded nose, while the Boeing planes are round but slightly pointed. Similarly, the cockpit windows are also different; Airbus planes with square windows in a straight line to the body of the plane. Boeing has designed the windows in a slight ‘v’ shape, which cuts of the windows’ corners to create a different shape.

There are also various differences in flying in the aircraft, the electronics used inside the vessel, the engine placements and the features that the pilot can operate. With Airbus now an established competitor to Boeing, both companies use advanced technology to seek performance advantages in their products. Many of these improvements are about weight reduction and fuel efficiency. For example, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first large airliner to use 50% composites for its construction. The Airbus A350 XWB now being in the process of flight test feature 53% composites.


Knowing the Aircraft Type
It is possible to know your Aircraft type before hand and get a better understanding of what you are paying for. The most common way is to look on your ticket or flight confirmation. Most major airlines issue flight schedules that can be easily obtained at airport counters or simply on the airline website. Airlines will provide you with a 3 digit code that corresponds to the aircraft type for each flight (e.g. 330). Here, the 3 digit code would correspond to an Airbus 330.


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