Tag: commuter aircraft

  • Commuter

    Heading off on vacation or going on an important business trip? You will likely be flying on a commuter aircraft. Commuter airplanes vary in size from those which seat just a few passengers to those which seat over 100. All commuter planes have a cargo hold in which baggage and other goods are stored during […]

  • Airbus 380

    The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger airplane. The first flight of the Airbus A380 took place in France in April 2005, and its first commercial flight was made by Singapore Airlines on 25 October 2007, from Singapore to Australia. Because of the airplane’s enormous wingspan, before it could go into commercial service, some […]

  • Boeing 707

    On July 15, 1954 Boeing’s 707 (367-80) prototype completed its inaugural flight. It marked a new era for commercial air travel and set a standard for jetliners that continues today. On every flight, the 707 prototype established new speed records. On October 26, 1958, Pan American World Airways began a regular service between New York […]

  • Boeing 727

    The world’s first three-engine jet, the Boeing 727, completed its first test flight on February 9, 1963. On October 29 of the same year, Boeing delivered the first of its 727s to United Airlines. In February of 1964, the Boeing 727 was the first trijet to enter commercial flight service, and for the first 30 […]

  • Boeing 737

    The Boeing 737 jets are the most popular commercial airplanes in the world. Boeing’s “Original” 737 models are the 737-100 and the 737-200 variations. The “Classic” 737 models are the 737-300, 737-400, and the 737-500. Boeing‘s most recent line of 737 jets is the 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, and the 737-900, all known as “Next Generation” […]

  • Boeing 747

    The Boeing 747-100 was the world’s first jumbo jet when it entered commercial service in 1970. Boeing delivered 250 of the 747-100s before halting production in 1986. The version with the most payload capacity was the 747-100B. The 747-100SP was a special performance version engineered to fly faster, higher, and farther than any other 747. […]

  • Boeing 787

    As the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the air from the Boeing Field in southern Seattle for its maiden flight on December 15, 2009, no doubt there was a collective sigh of relief from all those who have been involved in the development of this mid-size, twin-engine jet airliner, which is anticipated to be the […]

  • Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 quickly became a fixture in the aviation world after it was introduced on December 17, 1935. Within two years, the DC-3 was carrying 90 percent of the world’s commercial airline passengers. In addition to ferrying people around the country, the DC-3 also transported mail for the United States Postal Service. In 1944, […]

  • Gulfstream 3

    Grumman Aerospace developed the C-20D Gulfstream III primarily as a business jet, though the airplane has also fulfilled many other roles, including those on behalf of the United States military and NASA. The C-20D Gulfstream III’s all-weather capability, combined with its speed and extensive range have made it very popular for businesses and government agencies […]

  • Hawker Siddeley 748

    The Hawker Siddeley HS-748 was originally manufactured by Avro in the 1950’s, as the successor to the popular Douglas DC-3. The maiden flight of the Hawker Siddeley HS-748 was conducted on June 24, 1960, and the plane went into production at the end of August a year later. By the time production ended in 1988, […]

  • Learjet 60

    The Bombardier Learjet 60 XR, as with all Learjets, is synonymous with luxury and class. The Learjet 60 XR is a mid-size jet that requires a crew of two and can cruise at an altitude of 41,000′. The eight-passenger airplane has a cabin large enough to stand up in and an aisle that runs for […]