Looking back to that day on an isolated dune at Kitty Hawk, one can only marvel at the humble beginnings to such an explosion in technology and an industry that it would feed.
Over the last hundred years, such leaps forward have been made in new aviation technology, fueled by the ever-increasing demand for mobility around the planet for leisure and for business. Various wars throughout the twentieth century helped to push forward with progress as governments made funds available to find ways to fly faster and higher than the enemy.
The latter part of the 1900s and the beginning of the 2000s has been affected by the 1970 oil crisis and its legacy and seen a move toward more economic and eco-friendly airplanes.
Airlines are now demanding more from plane makers. They need to reduce their kilometre/seat costs, they need to observe more stringent noise reduction laws enforced by airport authorities as their airfields are being surrounded by creeping urban expansion. Aircraft construction materials need to be lighter and more impervious to corrosion.
In short, aircraft manufacturers are being pushed very hard to come up with new technologies that will reduce operating costs for airlines as well as keeping the aircraft in the air longer, thus earning airfare dollars.
This site will provide some insight into the more popular airliners in the skies today. We will continue to add more aircraft, so please bookmark and come back to visit us.
The Airbus A300 was the aircraft that brought Airbus into being and was a great leap forward in aircraft manufacturing and design.
Airbus A220-300 first landing. So where did Airbus suddenly produce a new aircraft from and why the change to the numbering system?
The Airbus A320 was the first narrow body airliner to use an appreciable amount of composite materials. The tail is in fact made up mostly of such materials.
The A330 is one of the more graceful airliners, with it’s generous wingspan which almost equals that of the Boeing 747.
The Airbus A340 aircraft is a wide body four jet engined airliner that was manufactured by Airbus Industrie. The first A340 flew in 1991 and 20 years later ….
The new Airbus A350 is Airbus’ latest offering which will be their tool in competing in the Giant Twin market.
|Airbus A380 Super Jumbo|
The Airbus A380-800 also known as the Super Jumbo is an Airbus answer to the Boeing 747. Carrying 555 passengers in a 3 class configuration, was it too late to market?
|ATR 42 and ATR 72|
The ATR is a twin-engine, turbo-propeller, high wing, regional aircraft which is developed as the result of a joint venture specifically for the purpose of delivering this aircraft.
|BAe 146 / Avro RJ|
Designed for the regional and short-haul markets, the BAe 146 was manufactured from 1983 until 2002. It is arguably Britain’s most successful jet program.
Boeing 717 started life on the drawing board as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 until MD was merged with Boeing. 156 of the type were produced.
The Boeing 727 was Boeing’s only ever tri-jet and was manufactured for 21 years from 1963 to 1984.
The Boeing 737 concept was first mooted in 1964 to be a low cost solution derived from the Boeing 727 and Boeing 707. The first aircraft was produced in 1967.
|Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet|
The Boeing 747 has been the Queen of Skies now for over 40 years and is only now being retired as the days of the 4 engined jetliner comes to an end.
The Boeing 747-8 is a newer stretched version of the popular Boeing 747. However, like Airbus A380, it seems that, it has come at a time when the age of the giant twins has signed the death warrant of large 4 engine airliners.
The Boeing 757 is a narrow body single aisle airliner that was produced from 1981 to 2004.
The Boeing 767 was Boeing’s second wide-body jet and was aimed at the middle of the market. Two stretches later and it has proven to be a formidable work horse.
An Emirates Boeing 777 300ER taxiing. The 777 pioneered many new technologies in manufacturing and remains the mainstay of many airlines.
|Boeing 777X or Boeing 777-8 and 777-9|
The Boeing 777X as it has been known through the planning stage is Boeing’s flagship of the future. Now having been renamed the 777-8 and the 777-9 for the two variants which should start service in the early 2020s.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an example of the plane maker’s art and where technology has brought us to today. Composite materials and modern design make the 787 a real stand out.
The Boeing 797 is a design proposed by Boeing in 2015 to fill the gap between the Boeing 737 and 787. This is known as the Middle of Market (MoM).
|Bombardier CRJ 700, CRJ 900 and CRJ 1000.<|
In North America, the CRJ family of airliners accounted for 20% of all jet airliner departures. Globally they accounted for around 200,000 departures a month./td>
|Bombardier Dash 8.|
The Bombardier Dash 8 is a high wing twin engined turbo-propeller airliner, developed by de Havilland Canada as a replacement for their Dash 7 airliner.
The COMAC C919, Chinas’ own airliner, was scheduled to fly in 2014 and enter service in 2016.
Concorde was a remarkable leap forward for commercial aviation, the first viable Supersonic transport (SST)
|Embraer E Jet|
Embraer E Jet Family of airliners including ERJ 170, ERJ 175, ERJ 190 and the ERJ 195.
|Fokker F28 Fellowship|
Fokker F28, the first jet airliner built by Dutch aircraft maker Fokker.
Fokker 70, the cut down version of Fokker’s F100.
Fokker 100, the 1980s solution to the 100 seat market.
Russia is working on a radical new design for the short to medium haul market. The Frigate Ecojet.
The Douglas DC-9, was the last aircraft to be fully produced by Douglas.
|McDonnell Douglas DC-10|
A McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 of Condor, a German leisure airline based in Frankfurt.
|Lockheed L1011 Tristar|
A Lockheed L1011 Tristar of TWA. TWA was an early supporter of this high tech airliner.
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