Aviation sector all over the world is in boom right now and airline companies are busy in expanding their fleet to the maximum to occupy the passengers. Aviation is becoming popular, faster, cheaper and cleaner with the advent of new technologies and liberal norms laid by governments. Here is a list of aircrafts which you can see in skies in the coming years. Wide body ad narrow body commercial aeroplanes from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier etc. are in the list according to the total number of operational aircrafts.
10. Airbus A 380
Airbus A380 is the largest commercial airliner in the skies as of now. This super plane has 2 decks and a passenger capacity of a massive 850 persons on-board. Used for long range flights, this wide-body airliner is in the best-sellers list too, with more than 200 planes operational.
9. Airbus A300
Airbus A300 and associated aircrafts is in the 9th position with a total number of 210 operational aircrafts. This wide body airliner has got a cargo variant, which is the famous Beluga. Though stopped production in 2007, A 350 will be in service for a decade to come.
8. Boeing 787
Boeing 787 is a wide-body long haul aircraft with 2 engines and a passenger capacity of about 240-335 passengers. Started its debut in 2011, it has over 420 members flying across the globe. With a unit cost of about $300 million USD, it is not a cheaper aircraft to own.
7. Boeing 747
With a family, strong with 515+ members, production of Boeing 747 was started in 1969. Production is still going on, with numerous variations in electrical and mechanical systems from time to time. It is a wide body long range jet with 4 engines and two decks for passengers. More than 1500 units were built till date making it one of the most successful commercial airliners ever produced. However, this model got a notorious history of 60 hull loss accidents resulted in more than 3000 deaths altogether.
6. Boeing 757
Boeing 757 is a narrow body medium range plane with 2 engines and was introduced in 1982. It has a fame of longest narrow-body plane. Entered in commercial service on 1983, it was in production till 2004. 1050 units were produced in total and out of them 688 are operational as of now.
5. Boeing 767
This large sized wide body long range twin engine plane was introduced in 1982 and is still in production with an unit costing 188 million. Now about 750 units are operational across the world. It has a seating capacity of sbout 188 to 375 passengers according to the seating configuration. It was the first twin engine wide body airliner to cross 1000 units mark in 2016. It is facing tight competition from 787, A330 etc. but going strong till now.
4. Airbus A330
This wide body twin engine Airbus is a direct competitor to Boeing 767 and was introduced in 1994. With 1154 operational aircrafts, this is one of the most famous wide body jets. It can accommodate 355 passengers. It is a bit costly option for companies, with a unit cost of about $250 million USD.
3. Boeing 777
It is a long range, wide-body twin engine aircraft with more than 1300 units operational till date. It was introduced in 1994 and is still in production with a unit cost of $262 million USD. It has got a new stretched version in 2014, which is 10 metres longer than the original one and was named 777-300. Another version Boeing 777-200 LR has a record of having the longest range and it can fly half of the globe non-stop. The newer variant named 777x is planned to enter service by 2020.
2. Airbus A 320
Airbus A320 family consists of a number of aircraft models with common characteristics as narrow-body, short and medium range and twin engines. With about 7000 units now in operation, it is one of the most successful generations of planes from Airbus. Since the debut on 1988 with Air France, till the latest entrant A320 neo (New Engine Option), it is one of the favourite planes for airline companies.
1. Boeing 737
Started production in 1967, 737 is one of the most successful family of aircrafts from Boeing, consisting of 10 variants ranging from a passenger capacity of 85 to 355 passengers. It is also the only narrow-body type of aircraft in production, by the company. With more than 9000 operational aircrafts, it is told that 1250 are airborne at any point of time and an average of 2 aircrafts departing and landing somewhere in every 5 seconds. That’s the reason why 737 is the favorite plane for most of the pilots and the plane is held in the first place of this list. Unit cost of this aircraft is also on a lower side with less than $100 million for even the costliest version.
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