The Airbus A380 It’s the largest double deck wide body four engine aircraft with a carrying capacity of 850 passengers max. It was manufactured by the Airbus Company and it holds the title as the largest commercial Aircraft in the sky surpassing the 747 Jumbo Jet. Manufacture started in January 23rd 2002 (the 1st metal was cut on that day).
Three continents took part in the manufacturing process; Germany (tail fin & the aft of the fuselage), France (cockpit & the fuselage up to the mid-section), Spain (tail cone & the elevators) and the United Kingdom (the wings).
Its 1st flight was on 27th April 2005. Commercial service didn’t start until October 2007 with Singapore Airlines being its first customer. b) The Boeing 747 series It’s the 2nd largest commercial Aircraft in the sky with a set of four engines and an extended double deck on which the upper part houses the 1st class section. Built by the Boeing company, this jet can reach speeds of up to mach 0. 85 (920kmh) and can carry a maximum of 660 passengers. Its 1st flight was on February 9th 1969 inside the largest mega factory in the world.
It was built in an era when supersonic aircrafts were in demand. Commercial service wasn’t until 1970 with PANAM Air being the first customer. c) The Boeing 777 series It’s a long range extended fuselage Aircraft built by the Boeing Company and can carry a maximum of 550 passengers. Initially it began as a tri-jet design competing with the likes of DC-10 (MD 11 nowadays) and the Lockheed Tristar whereby this design carried a maximum of 175 passengers in the 1970’s. Since the tri-jet design had a lot flaws, this design was compromised and cancelled.
This is a case about three different companies dedicated to the manufacturing of aircrafts. Those three major companies are: Boeing, Airbus Industry and McDonnell Douglas; each of one was struggling to produce enough aircraft to satisfy a seemingly unquenchable need for passenger and freight transport around the world, developed in this form many kinds of aircrafts in different models and styles. ...
Boeing strived to come up with a new design and it was during this phase that their competitors, the Airbus Company came up with the A330 and the A340. Boeing later unleashed the new 777 extended range series. This was the only Boeing Aircraft to be built entirely by computer technology and since it had 2 engines, it had to obey ETOPS (Extended range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) which stated that two engine aircrafts are supposed to fly with emergency airstrips in the vicinity in case of one engine failing. d) The Airbus A340
Airbus Company designed this Aircraft to be immune to the ETOPS rule since it’s the only long range extended Aircraft with four engines. This design though had some major flaws during its first flight in 1991 where the engineers discovered that the engines were not strong enough to carry the outboard engines at cruising speeds as they caused warping and fluttering. It was fixed and flew in 1993 and full-fly-by-wire technology, CRT glass cockpit displays-LCD based. The long range 500 series and high capacity 600 series entered service in 2002.