Aviation - INTRODUCTION
EARLY HISTORY
THE 19TH CENTURY
KITTY HAWK AND AFTER
HISTORIC HEADLINES
WORLD WAR I AND AFTER
WORLD WAR II
AFTER WORLD WAR II
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Airplane
HOW AN AIRPLANE FLIES
SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
AIRPLANE STRUCTURE
Wings
Tail Assembly
Landing Gear
Control Components
Instruments
PROPULSION
TYPES OF AIRPLANES
Land Planes
Carrier-Based Aircraft
Seaplanes
Amphibians
Vertical Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Short Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Space Shuttle
CLASSES OF AIRPLANES
Commercial Airplanes
Military Airplanes
General-Aviation Aircraft
HISTORY
The First Airplane Flight
Early Military and Public Interest
Planes of World War I
Development of Commercial Aviation
Aircraft Developments of World War II
The Jumbo Jet Era

Commercial Airplanes




Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane | Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet | Commercial Passenger Service

Commercial Airplanes - Airbus A320

The Airbus A320 is a modern medium-range passenger jet, capable of carrying approximately 150 passengers. The cockpit features electronic “fly-by-wire” controls, rather than the mechanical controls of earlier jets.

Commercial Airplanes - Airmail United Parcel Service Boeing 747

Airmail United Parcel Service and other overnight mail service companies make frequent flights with planes like this Boeing 747. Here, containers are being loaded for an early morning flight out of New Jersey’s Newark International Airport.

Commercial Airplanes - DC-10 Jet

DC-10 Jet The DC-10 is a three-engine jet that began commercial passenger service in 1971. Although it is designed for making shorter flights than the more powerful four-engine models, the DC-10 is capable of carrying more than 300 passengers.

Commercial aircraft are those used for profit making, usually by carrying cargo or passengers for hire (see Air Transport Industry). They are strictly regulated-in the United States, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); in Canada, by Transport Canada; and in other countries, by other national aviation authorities. (Commercial Airplanes, Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane, Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet, Commercial Passenger Service)

Modern large commercial-airplane manufacturers-such The Boeing Company in the United States and Airbus in Europe-offer a wide variety of aircraft with different capabilities. Today’s jet airliners carry anywhere from 100 passengers to more than 500 over short and long distances. (Commercial Airplanes, Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane, Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet, Commercial Passenger Service)

Commercial Airplanes - Boeing 747

Boeing 747 Surrounded by scaffolding at the manufacturing plant, a Boeing 747 passenger airplane nears completion. These enormous airplanes, powered by four jet engines and capable of carrying over 400 passengers, take more than a year to build. (Commercial Airplanes, Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane, Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet, Commercial Passenger Service)

Since 1976 the British-French Concorde supersonic transport (SST) has carried passengers at twice the speed of sound. The Concorde flies for British Airways and Air France, flag carriers of the two nations that funded its development during the late 1960s and 1970s. The United States had an SST program, but it was ended because of budget and environmental concerns in 1971. (Commercial Airplanes, Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane, Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet, Commercial Passenger Service)



Commercial Airplanes | Boeing 747 Passenger Airplane | Airbus A320, DC-10 Jet | Commercial Passenger Service