With increased passenger capacity and the fastest way of traveling, aircraft made transport systems easier.
It can transport more passengers and more cargos with bigger aircraft size, but with new problems.
So today, we will have a look at jumbo jets, whose size is so big that you look at them wondering, “Does this even fly?”
We will not include US military cargo planes or the largest plane in the world, Antonov An-225 Mriya.
In this post, we will only consider passenger airplanes with huge passenger carrying capacity and maximum takeoff weight.
Top 10 Biggest Passenger planes in the world:
10. Airbus A330-300
The Airbus A330 is an Airbus made twin-engine jet airliner with a medium to long-range capability.
Variants of the A330 range from 5,000 to 13,430 kilometers (2,700 to 7,250 nautical miles) with a capacity for up to 335 adults with a double-class configuration, or carry 70 tons (154,000 pounds) of freight.
The Airbus A330 originates from one of the first Airbus airliners, the A300, which had been designed in the mid-1970s.
With A340 the A330 had many common aircraft frame components, but was different in the number of engines, as was developed simultaneously with the four-engine A340 plane.
It has two turbofan engines, a wingspan of 197 foot 10 inches, and a cruising speed of 532 mph.
9. Airbus A340-300
The A340-300, like all members of the Airbus Family, features many key innovations including fly-by-wire flight controls that improve the protection of aircraft, save weight and cost, advanced, carbon fiber materials, and aerodynamics that save fuel.
The standard variants can carry up to 375 passengers.
The range of nautical 6,700 to 9,000 nautical miles, but depends on the model.
Its characteristics are four high-speed turbofan engines and three-leg main landing gear.
The 151 kilonewtons (34,000 lbf) CFM56-5C are used to power 300 models.
The 209 meters long Airbus A340-300 has 198 feet wide wingspan. As of June 2019, Lufthansa, the A340’s biggest airline, has acquired 62 -300 aircraft and operating 32 – 600 variants.
8. Airbus A340-500
The Airbus A340-500 was launched on the market in 2006, Airbus made some initial deliveries in 2002.
It is manufactured in France with 372 passengers’ capacity in the single-class seat arrangement and 313 passengers in its double class system.
Aircraft is around 223 feet long and can cover a distance of up to 10,358 miles long.
The A340-500 was the longest-range commercial aircraft until losing its crown to the Boeing 777-200LR.
The 222 fuselage cross-section of the A340 offers cabin airlines the versatility to meet demands on the market, from ultra-high comfort premium seats to economical class layouts.
It an ideal biggest passenger plane for VIP & ultra-long-range operations as the four-engine double-aisle, wide-body jetliner offers the A340-500 the opportunity to drive some of the world’s longest non-stop routes up to 9,000 nautical miles.
7. Airbus A350-900
The A350-900 was unveiled on 15 January 2015 by its flight provider, Qatar Airways.
Airbus A350-900 is a 325-seater wide-body passenger aircraft which is part of the new generation Airbus models.
The A350-900 is one of its different configurations providing up to19-hour-long-distance routes and is said to fly further than any other commercially known airplane.
The maximum seating capacity for 440 passengers and a wingspan of 212.43 feet (64.75 m) is available.
Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Philippine Airlines mainly use this aircraft.
It has seven temperature ranges in the cabin to control the climate more precisely while one board.
It has a fuel efficiency better than some other passenger airplanes since they made it from plastic components, which make it 25 percent lighter than some of the older models.
6. Boeing 777-200LR
The C-market model 777-200LR (LR) is one of the commercial airlines of the longest range that entered service in 2006.
It holds the world record as the longest nonstop flight by a commercial airliner.
In its two-class system, it can accommodate 400 passengers and its single-class system can accommodate a total of 40.
It has a wingspan of 212 feet 7 inches.
JGE90-110B1 or GE90-115B turbofans Jet engines are used to power -200LR.
With each 10 operating aircraft, Delta Air Lines and Emirates are the major operators of the LR version.
5. Airbus A340-600
The Airbus A340-600 is a super-stretched version of the A340 aircraft family, the largest of the Airbus jetliners.
It has a capacity of 380 (or 475 in high-density seats) with a 13,900 km travel range and is among the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
Aircraft type certificate was given in June 2002, and the first flight took place on 23 April 2001.
It launched in August 2002 when it took its first commercial flight from London Heathrow to JFK New York with Virgin Atlantic Airports (ordered 20 aircraft as the first customer).
This plane has a total of 247 miles length and a 208-foot wingspan.
The A340-600 is powered by four Rolls-Royce Turbofans of 250 kN (56,000 lbf) and uses Honeywell 331–600 [A] APU.
4. Boeing 777-300
Boeing 777-300 has a capacity for 550 people in a single class cabin and 451 double class configuration.
The maximum route range is 6,013 miles and can achieve high speeds at 590 mph.
The Boeing 777-300 is known as the 777-300 Stretched version because it has a total length of 242 feet, which is 33.25 ft extra lengthier from earlier versions.
It was designed to extend by 20% resulting in 60 extra seats, 75 to 451 in two classes (economy & business) or total capacity 550 in an all-economy.
3. Boeing 747-400
The Boeing 747-400 jet airliner series is the best-selling model of Boeing.
The massive-body passenger aircraft was built from one of the earlier 747s.
Airlines can accommodate 416 passengers in their three-class cabins, 524 in their two-class cabins and 660 in their all-economy cabin.
Boeing 747-400 has a length of 232 ft. and wingspan is 211 feet.
Even though with a huge body, it can achieve top speeds of up to 614 mph and travel range up to 7,260 miles, which is good considering the size of its body.
The Pratt & Whitney PW4056, the General-Electric CF6-80C2B1F, and the Rolls-Royce RB211-524G/H are the new jet engines powering it.
There is a high-density seating model named 747-400D, developed for Japanese domestic short-haul flights with higher volumes.
An airline can place a maximum of 568 passengers in a dual-class configuration or 660 in the one-class economy configuration of this model.
2. Boeing 747-8
The Boeing 747 is undoubtedly a leading airplane when it comes to commercial aviation icons.
747-8 is a wide-body passenger aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial airlines in the United States.
It has been designed with its double-deck configuration with a broad body fuselage and has overshadowed all commercial passenger jets.
As the design has been refined and extended over the years, the capacity of this jumbo jet continued to increase.
Airbus A380 is bigger than 747, but in terms of technology, Boeing is better than its European counterpart.
When using a single-class system, the Boeing 747-8 can accommodate 700 passengers and 600 passengers for the double-class system.
The travel range of the aircraft is 8,000 miles. The 747-8 was the first lengthy 747 to be made and the second 747 version, after the shortened 747 SP, had a fuselage of tweaked length.
The 747-8 was intended to use the same technology as 787, including the GEnx turbofan and partial fly-by-wire engine and cockpit.
747-8 is by far considering a good deal of metrics, the latest version of the Boeing 747 family.
It was commissioned in 2011 only 8 years ago and Boeing received over 150 orders of this version.
1. Airbus A380-800
The biggest passenger plane in the world, Airbus A380, is a wide-body airliner manufactured by Airbus.
It was a hype among the public when the Airbus A380 was launched in 2007.
Airbus intended this Gargantuan aircraft to take everything from the Boeing 747 to the boundaries of modern engineering.
For its size, it was dubbed as the super-jumbo by media.
A standard Airbus A380-800 Emirates can hold up to 853 passengers in a single class economy cabin and 644 passengers in a two-tier cabin class cabin.
The wide-body aircraft can travel 8000 miles distance, as it flew for the first time on April 27, 2005.
It can cruise 43,100 meters above sea level, with a maximum range of 8208 miles at that height.
It is also, and understandably so, the world’s heaviest passenger airplane.
Qantas A380 first-class Lounge with its classy Airbus A380 interior is consistently rated amongst the best airline lounges in the world.
Speaking about its commercial success, a decade later, the market for A380 is very different.
What a game-changing aircraft was meant is now struggling to survive.
The A380 is one of the most costly and complex aircraft ever built with a price tag of $436 million.
Airbus announced that production will end by 2021 on 14 February 2019, when Emirates Airlines decreased its last orders in favor of the A350 and A330neo.
At the Paris Air Show 2017, Airbus launched the A380Plus.
The objective of the PLUS was to improve the A380, to increase capacity and reduce passenger costs.
Without changing its operating properties like engine, Airbus has tweaked other aspects of a standard A380-800.
Although the A380 has a certificate that it can fly with about 850 passengers, it usually has 497 passengers on the aircraft.
This capacity in plus is increased to 575 seats by the retrofitted interior of the A380plus.
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