How to Recognize the Type of Commercial Airplanes – PART#2

Today I’ll be giving some simple and easy ways to differentiate between planes, with different angles of view. In part#1 we’ve talked about Airbus and Boeing’s narrow-body airplanes, and today it will be all about Airbus’s wide-body airplanes. Let’s dig in!!

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 are that the A330 has two engines while the A340 has four, as well as that the A340 is longer.

Regardless of 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 version of the Airbus A330. A new version with modern engines comparable to those developed for the Boeing 787. It looks a little bit different from the original A330 (also called A330ceo).

The nose is a little bit different, and 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 fiber-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 the variant.

The Airbus A350 is Airbus’s most technologically-advanced airliner. And this easily can be proved by its “state-of-art” cockpit which is a more comfortable and friendly-use environment, with instruments displayed on six interchangeable screens for added convenience and clarity for the pilot.

Airbus a350 looks unique, therefore: easily to recognize: and 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 difference 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 and clearly, it is the world’s largest passenger airliner.

The Airbus A380 can be easily determined, as it’s 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.

View PART#1 of this article “Airbus & Boeing’s narrow-body airplanes”.

View PART#3 of this article “Boeing’s Wide Airplanes”.

Thanks for reading!

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