How Can You Recognize the Type of a Commercial Airplane (Wide Body Airplanes) [Airbus]

Have you ever been sitting in the airport waiting for your flight whilst watching planes of different sizes taxiing, taking – off, and/or landing infront of you? Did that ever make you wonder what type of planes are these? And how specialists differentiate between them?

Today I’ll be giving some simple and easy ways to differentiate between planes, with different angles of views, and even from the sky. Last week we’ve talked about the narrow body airplanes, and today it will be all about Airbus’s wide body airplanes-and within the next few days we will upload the final part of this article “How can your recognize the type of a Commercial airplane (Boeing’s wide airplanes).

Wide Body Airplanes

First, let’s know what ‘wide body airplane’ means.

A wide-body airplane, also known as a twin-aisle airplane, is a jet airliner with a fuselage wide enough to accommodate two passenger aisles with seven or more seats abreast.

Wide Body Airplanes (Airbus & Boeing):

In Airbus these are:

  • Airbus A330(neo)
  • Airbus A340
  • Airbus A350 XWB family
  • Airbus A380

The Airbus a330 & the Airbus a340

Airbus A330

Airbus A340

The A330 and the A340 look really similar. The only two noticeable differences between them is that the A330 has two engines while the A340 has four, as well as that the A340 is longer.

Regardless the four engines and the length of the A340, the A340 has similar features to the A330; these can be:

The nose:

The wingtips:

The Tail:

Airbus A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Airbus from the Airbus A330. A new version with modern engines comparable to those developed for the Boeing 787 was called for by operators of the original A330 series. It looks a little bit different from the original A330 (sometimes called A330ceo).

The nose is a little bit different, the cockpit windows are shaded.

The wingtips also look different from the normal A330.

Airbus A350 XWB (eXtra Wide Body) Family

The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliners. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. It can carry 250 to 350 passengers in a typical three-class seating layout, or maximum seating of 440 to 550 passengers, depending on variant.

The Airbus A350 is the Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner. And this easily can be proved by it’s “state-of-art” cockpit which is more comfortable and user-friendly environment, with instruments displayed on six interchangeable screens for added convenience and clarity for the pilot.

Airbus a350 looks unique in which it can be easily recognized: unique in the shape of the nose, gears, wingtips, and tail.

The Nose of the A350:

Somehow the a350’s nose looks like a raccoon’s face!

A350’s landing gears

The landing gear of the A350 is much further forward than previous Airbus widebodies, in the space directly under the cockpit.


Beautiful isn’t it?


Airbus A350 Variants

Airbus A350 has three variants, and they are:

  1. Airbus A350-800
  2. Airbus A350-900
  3. Airbus A350-1000

Usually they all look similar, the only differences between them is the length; Airbus A350-800 is the shortest (60.54m), and the A350-1000 is the tallest (73.78 m).

Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner.

The Airbus A380 can be easily determined, as it the only (full) double-decker commercial airplane.

It has wingtips similar to those in the a320, and of course four engines.

And by here we came to an end with Airbus’s Wide Body Airplanes.

Stay tuned within the next several days, we will be uploading “Boeing’s Wide Airplanes”.

Thanks for reading!

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