Planes have come a long way since the Wright brothers first took flight in the early1900's. Since then, planes have become faster and bigger and can now cover amuch longer range. But which planes are the largest? Which ones are capable ofcarrying the most passengers? Here are the 10 biggest passenger airplanes in theworld based on the number of seats in the original configuration. Note that airlinesmay change this based on their own requirements.
10 Airbus A340 300 – 295 seats
The Airbus A340 300 is a passenger airplane made in France. It was firstmanufactured in 1993 and can accommodate 295 passengers in a single-class seatarrangement and 267 in two-class system. It has a travel range of 7,400 nauticalmiles or 13,705 kilometers. Its current price is between $211 million to $219 million.This is the initial version of the A340 and its first users were Lufthansa and AirFrance in March 1993. It is powered by four CFMI CFM56-5C engines and makesuse of the Honeywell 331-350 (A) APU. Airbus has sold 246 units of this model.
9 Airbus A340 500 – 372 seats
The Airbus A340 500 is a passenger airplane manufactured in France. It came out in2006, though there were early deliveries in 2002. It is designed for 372 passengersin a single-class seat arrangement and 313 in a double class system. The travelrange of this plane is 9,018 nautical miles or 16,700 kilometers. A single unit of theplane costs around $233 million. When it was first introduced, it was billed as thepassenger airplane with the longest range. It is powered by four 53,000 lbf thrustRolls Royce Trent 553 turbofans and uses the Honeywell 331-600 (A) APU. It is oneof the airplanes of choice of Emirates, which has 10 units of this model. Airbus hassold 22 units of this model.
8 Airbus A340 600 – 420 seats
The Airbus A340 600 is a passenger airplane from France that can accommodate420 passengers in a single-class system and 380 in a double-class arrangement.It has a travel range of 7,750 nautical miles or 14,353 kilometers. Four Rolls RoyceTrent 556 engines power the plane with avionics by Thales Smiths. Its maximumcruising speed is 580 miles per hour and it can go as high as 39,000 feet in the air.Airbus has sold a total of 48 units of this model. Its price tag is $245 million.
7 Boeing 777 200 – 440 seats
The Boeing 777 200 is a passenger plane made in the United States. It canaccommodate 440 passengers in a single-class system and 400 in a two-classconfiguration. It has a travel range of 14,260 kilometers or 7,700 nautical miles. Theplane is powered by a couple of Pratt and Whitney PW 4090 engines at 90,000 lbf.The maximum cruising speed is 587 miles per hour and the service ceiling is 43,100feet. Boeing has already sold 439 units. The price tag is $258.8 million.
6 Airbus A380 700 – 525 seats
The Airbus A380 700 is a passenger plane from France with a travel range of 8,700nautical miles or 16,112 kilometers. It can accommodate 525 passengers in a single-class configuration and 480 in a two-class set up. The plane costs $301 million. FourEngine Alliance GP 7270 engines at 70,000 lbf power it. The maximum cruisingspeed is 676 miles per hour while the service ceiling is 43,000 feet. It can climb up ata rate of 4,500 fpm.
5 Boeing 777 300 – 550 seats
The Boeing 777 300 is a passenger plane manufactured in the United Stateswith a seat capacity of 550 people in a single-class set up and 451 in a two-classconfiguration. It has a travel range of 6,013 nautical miles or 11,135 kilometers. TwoRolls Royce RR 892 engines at 92,000 lbf power the plane. The maximum cruisingspeed is 587 miles per hour while the service ceiling is 43,100 feet. Boeing has sold60 units of this model at $279 million each.
4 Boeing 747 400 – 624 seats
The Boeing 747 400 is a passenger plane made in the United States that canaccommodate 624 passengers in a single-class set up and 524 in a two-classsystem. It has a travel range of 7,260 nautical miles or 13,446 kilometers. It has fourGeneral Electric GE CF6-80C2B5F engines at 62,100 lbf to provide its power. Themaximum cruising speed is 565.47 miles per hour and the service ceiling is 45,000feet. The plane costs $228 million. Boeing has already sold 1,358 units of this model.
3 Boeing 747 8 – 700 seats
The Boeing 747 8 is a passenger airplane manufactured in the United States. It canaccommodate 700 passengers if a single-class system is followed, while 600 seatsare available in a double-class configuration. The plane has a travel range of 8,000nautical miles or 14,816 kilometers. Four General Electric GEnx 2B67 with 66,500 lbfpower the plane. The maximum cruising speed is 649 miles per hour. It has a serviceceiling of 43,000 feet. Only five units have been sold at $351.4 million.
2 Airbus A380 800 – 853 seats
The Airbus A380 800 is a passenger plane made in France with capacity for 853passengers in a single class or 644 in a two-tiered class. It has a travel range of8,208 nautical miles or 15,200 kilometers. The plane costs $318 million. Four RollsRoyce Trent 970B engines at 70,000 lbf power the plane. The maximum cruisingspeed is 676 miles per hour with service ceiling of 43,000 feet. Airbus has sold 192units of this model.
1 Airbus A380 900 – 900 seats
The Airbus A380 900 is a passenger plane from France with a travel range of 8,100nautical miles or 15,000 kilometers. It can accommodate 900 passengers in a single-class set up and 656 in double-class configuration. The plane costs $337.5 million.Four Rolls Royce Trent B engines are used to help the plane attain maximum cruising speed of 676 miles per hour and maximum height of 43,000 feet.