Did you know that there are only a few main commercial aircraft manufacturers supplying our runways worldwide?
The Largest Commercial Aircraft Manufacturers in the World
With thousands of airplanes flying on the runway daily, it is remarkable to note that there are only a few companies manufacturing these aircrafts. The top players in the commercial aircraft industry are: Airbus, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas.
In addition to the major airline fleets, there are also two smaller players: Embraer and Bombardier. Embraer supplies more than 30 airlines with regional service areas. Bombardier provides jet and turboprop aircrafts to American Airlines and other clients.
Uniquely, Airbus and Boeing are best for longer distances. On the contrary, McDonnell Douglas, Embraer, and Bombardier aircrafts are for medium-range destinations. According to Aeroweb’s data on the U.S.’s Commercial Aircraft Fleet from 2016, the most popular aircraft in inventory are the Boeing 737-800.
The Airbus World
Airbus A300 series began in 1974, which coincidentally is the year we can began our overhaul and refurbishment services company. The A310 which is a smaller version of the original, was launched in the early 1980s. One of the most popular aircrafts that is commissioned by Airbus worldwide is the single-aisle A320. The largest aircraft in the Airbus fleet is the A380 and has a passenger capacity of up to 853 passengers. It also features a double deck and travels up to 8,300 nautical miles.
The Boeing World
One of the most popular aircrafts on the commercial aircraft market today is the Boeing 737-800 model. Of the more than 7,000 commercial aircrafts in use, Boeing supplies more than 40% to the airline industry. Another key point, is that all of the major airlines maintain extensive fleets of Boeings and Airbuses for longer range travel.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 World
More than 20 years ago, McDonnell Douglas MD-80 was acquired by the Boeing Company. In general, the McDonnell Douglas fleet consists of mid-size aircrafts that are used for regional service areas. The MD-83 is one of five models within the MD family and travels mid-range distances up to 3,260 nautical miles. Today, the MD-80s have evolved into what is known as the MD-95 Commercial Transport or Boeing 717. Again, these are used by many major airlines.