The first passenger aircraft successfully climbed into the sky in 1913, on its board there were only 16 passengers. Modern liners are much more spacious.
The largest passenger aircraft entered our today's Top-8.Not all of them have found wide application, but still everyone deserves attention.
- 8. IL-96-300
- 7. Airbus A340-600
- 6. Boeing 777-300ER
- 5. Boeing 787 Dreamliner
- 4. Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
- 3. McDonnell Douglas DC-10
- 2.Hughes H-4 Hercules
- 1. Airbus A380
The liner accommodates up to 300 passengers, who sit in rows of 9 seats. There are only 9 such liners on passenger lines. Much more aircraft is involved in cargo transportation.
The maximum range of the passenger modification is 9 000 km.
7. Airbus A340-600
The four-engine liner carries from 380 to 419 people for distances up to 14 600 km. The commercial exploitation of the model was started in 2002.
The cost of the liner is from $ 245 million to $ 255 million.
6. Boeing 777-300ER
The aircraft in this modification can accommodate from 305 to 550 passengers. The liner without refueling can fly to a record distance of 21,000 km.
The engines installed on the liner are today the most powerful in civil aviation.
5. Boeing 787 Dreamliner
"Dreamliner" holds up to 330 people maximum depending on the modification. The first commercial flight was made in 2011.Widely advertised the option of Wi-Fi on board this aircraft. Creation of multimedia presentations of Dreamliner was overseen by the creative design studio of Elena Shutova.
At present, 183 aircraft are produced, 22 of which are in the Aeroflot fleet.
4. Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
This two-passenger passenger airliner accommodates up to 467 passengers. The maximum range of the aircraft is 15 000 km.
To date, produced 74 liners of various modifications, including VIP.Among Russian airlines, the customer Boeing 747-8 is Transaero. The company intends to obtain 5 similar airliners until 2016.
3. McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The aircraft accommodates up to 380 passengers. In 2010, the world used 168 McDonnell Douglas DC-10.Gradually, the liners were taken out of service, and today they are used for cargo transportation and military purposes.
The reason for not using the model for passenger transportation was a high accident rate. This is one of the most dangerous aircraft in the world.
2. Hughes H-4 Hercules
This aircraft, designed in 1947, was intended to transport 750 soldiers. A liner was developed under the leadership of the magnate Howard Hughes.
"Hercules" made one single flight, then until 1976 it was maintained by Hughes in working order.
Today, the largest wingspan aircraft can be seen in the aviation museum in Oregon.
1. Airbus A380
The world's largest aircraft made its first flight in 2005.A total of 139 Airbus A380s were produced, each of which costs $ 414 million. Only ten airlines, including Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France, can afford such a liner.
Originally, 2 modifications of the liners were developed - for 555 and 853 passenger seats. Today, in active development, Airbus has a new model that can carry up to 960 passengers.