Commercial aircrafts are a lot in models and configurations. Differentiating one with another is really tough as almost all look alike to a common man’s eyes. Pilots are often faced with questions from friends and public to tell which model or brand and aircraft is. Here is a guide to find out the make and model of commercial aircrafts.
Aircrafts, though look similar in shape, has certain distinguished features. Usually model number of manufacturer details are not displayed in large sizes to understand the model. But when you look closer for these, you can find differences.
- Number and position of tyres
- Windscreen glass position and shape (Boeings have a specific striking shape)
- Wing tips (Boeings have winglets or plain tips; while Airbus surely have fence)
- Number of engines (Boeing 747, Airbus A380 and A340 have 4 engines, others have 2 engines)
- Body type (wide body/narrow body)
- Deck types (cargo, passenger, double deck)
- Body shape
- Nose shape (Boeings are more pointy and Airbuses are usually more fatty spherical)
- Wheel arrangement
Here is how you can distinguish between various aircrafts. We are closely examining all major commercial aircrafts here. In the case of some aircrafts, you can only identify the model number but not the sub-variant type.