Top Ten Commercial Aircraft

Which commercial airplane or commercial aircraft model/family was best in every way possible, or how they revolutionized the aviation industry.

The Top Ten

1 Boeing 777

Simply beautiful

Built by the best company too.

The best of the best!

Certainly a great aircraft if you fly economy + or business. But at the back, it is a nasty cattle wagon when operated by the dark forces. Designed for 9 rows abreast, some airlines put 10. I did once a 15 hours flight in the cattle wagon section, and it is one of the worse experience I ever add. By the way, I started flying in 1980... tried every possible airplanes: the best? The B747 of 80’s...

2 Boeing 747

Simply the best and no other can match to true queen of the skies, most are now retired so will be sad when there are no more!

Simply the best

I think that the Boeing 747 is by far the best. The "Queen of the Skies", it changed avation. How did the A380 get on the List? It is such a waste on money via fuel and all. Why would you buy the A380? Boeing planes are very good.

1500 built of this queen and many more in the future. So many airlines have flown this. Meanwhile Airbus stopping production of A380’s soon with only several hundred built, most only going to Emirates. I think we have a clear winner.

3 Airbus A380

King of the skies - so luxurious, quiet and smooth. Simply awesome

RIP... but it did have potential - Maddox121

A giant. very comfortable

Most comfortable, most quiet, no major accident

4 Concorde

The King of the Skies, who was dethroned by economics. The fastest civilian aircraft ever flown to date, more than worthy of holding the title. I lament the dethroning.

Getting from New York to London in 3.5 hours... at twice the speed of sound?! WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULDN'T?!?!

Oh yeah, everyone... because of the ridiculously high prices for a ticket... ;(


The most unique and beautiful plane on earth. You can’t get to New York in less than 4 hours nowadays!

5 Boeing 737

Good news the Boeing 737 Max is coming back!

I have literally flown on almost every series of this plane. It has come a very long way from the original 100/200 series, that flight was on a "metro jet", I remember the red livery like it was yesterday, then working for southwest I have flown on the 300 series, the 400 series, the 500 series and of course the 700 series, recently I flew the 900 series and this plane has come a very very long way and none of my flights have resulted in fear or anxiety. I get more worked up over having to fly on an Airbus A321, I've grown to appreciate the work horse Boeing 737 series it's the do all of the short to medium range commercial jets.

After the Apocalypse people will still be flying in 737s. Its safe, reliable and utilitarian. Its been flying for over 50 years with no end in site. Its not the fastest, the biggest, the most attractive or the most luxurious. Its just the best.

This plane has been around in one form or another since nearly the beginning of the jet age. It's not as beautiful as some other airliners, but it's a proven workhorse! I love Boeing aircraft.

6 Airbus A330

Fuel efficient, superb gliding ability, very smooth landings, comfort only rivalled by the 350 and 380, very profitable for airlines

Best landings period.

This is a very efficent and comfortable aircraft, one of the smoothest landings I've ever had.

Very beautiful aircraft. - altariel

7 Airbus A350

Most beautiful MODERN aircraft. Quiet, safe and efficient. Love to just watch it taking off at my home airport. - MaultierColt308

Turns me on - jmoss

Very sexy plane

Just good

8 Boeing 787

Most comfortable and spacious

This plane is overrated and dangerous! I love the 747, 757, 767, and 777 much more. They are way safer, and just looks better. And it is just unfair to be comparing that big trent 1000 plane to a little 757. come on guys!

The 787 is a plane not made out of aluminium, witch means it's stronger and can cary more passengers and cargo. It can go further then a 767 and 757, so it will replace those planes in the future. It is a better plane over all, and will replace more airplanes. While also being small, the 787 can cary a lot of passengers and can cary first class. So it's small, but yet big. It's a very good airplane.

Cutting edge Technology. Choose new electrical system compared to bleed air. Increased pressurized cabins. Airbus backed away from these concepts.

9 Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

This aircraft had the best autopilot in history. It actually had the ability to land the plane itself. - LedgerDraven

This plane could land itself. Should be higher. - LedgerDraven

I have only flown on L-1011s a few times but it was always very nice-quiet and comfy. I have crossed the Pacific Japan-West Coast many times, usually in DC-10s which I disliked mostly because it lacked adequate overhead bin space. I flew SFO to Tokyo NRT once on an L-1011 and it was the best crossing I ever had. I rate it as my favorite plane.

I wish I could fly on one of these!

10 Boeing 767

Without a doubt the best I've flown. You have to get to the airport pretty late to have to fly in a middle seat.

This mid sized jet is one of the best planes I have ever flown on in my entire life. Although it was only a one hour flight from Melbourne to Sydney, I was able to notice how smooth the landing was, how quiet the engines were and how easy it was to move around the cabin.

Most comfortable plane to fly. Plane designed by pilots for pilots, great plane, Boeing had to work more on efficient engines instead of designing something new with such many problems. Concentrate in making what is good even better and stop the race with airbus for Gods sake...

Takes down buildings - Blazeitzane


The Contenders

11 McDonnell Douglas DC-10

After all of the kinks were worked out in the 70's and it did get a bad rap, deservedly so.. I can bet you will never find a flight attendant who didn't love working the DC-10! We had a blast on that plane because we had the Lower Lobe galley to escape to, giving us a break from the passengers after our work was done and we took a short break.. It gave you a mind clearing relaxation break with out the annoying fear of being interrupted by a passenger while taking a break unlike all main floor galley planes! I just loved working down there too! Passengers loved it because of the large area in back to stretch out and 4 bathrooms straight across the back of the plane! We miss you "the 10" as we called it!

It was the first jumbo with less than 4 engines this was a great aircraft

The DC-10 did have a bad rep but after the 1970s it all seemed to clear away. The DC-10 may not have been one of the safest planes but it was one of the most innovative, revolutionary, and beautiful airplanes ever built.

Thank you for your cooperation

12 Airbus A320

Very good airplane, a pleasure to fly on. - altariel

A320 is number 1

It seems we are mixing things up a bit. Is this about planes or nations? A lot of them great craft in their day, but it seems that a 707 is better than an A330? 727 better than an E190? Its like saying that a P51 is better than an F16! In their time great! But because craft are made in another country does not mean that they are inferior!

I completely agree that many people here are mixing up this and are only focusing on where the plane was made. Anyway, I have been on a 747, 767, 737, 727, and 757. For airbus I have been on 320, 330, 340, and 380. The 320 was my favorite for a number of reasons... BUT, what I find weird is that the 320 is behind the 787 by several planes. I didn't see any Airbus sitting on the ground for four months!

13 Douglas DC-3

10,630 DC-3 built. That alone says it all!

It's not the quickest nor the quietest, but it has charm and character. A truly cool plane and a thrill when you rarely see one.

A plane that change everything, and don't know what retirement is. Almost a century after her first flight, she just keep flying for war and peace. Try to name any aircraft that could come near her in service record.

At one time nearly every passenger airplane in the world was a DC3. It did more to move commercial aviation forward than any other plane.

14 MD-11

Too bad it is only used as a freighter nowadays. Would love to fly on board one of these.
Just listen to the sound of the engines and you know how fascinating this plane is. - MaultierColt308

I like this plane although I'm quite happy that they're retired and now only cargo planes because safety record: like 3 stars. It's still overly nifty for cargo.

DC-10 twin but top of the line newer, nicer more modern but NOT BETTER! Constant electrical problems, video problems looked nice but most passengers were displeased as their videos were no operative on long flights and lots of complaints! Was ok to work on as a flight attendant but no Lower Lobe Galley to escape to and the way they were set up not as much stretching space for passengers like its older sister the DC-10 as this was a all main floor galley plane taking up the space in the cabin unlike it's predecessor! Not my favorite!

This is is the coolest plane - hello2014

15 Boeing 757

My very first flight was on one of these. Just a normal holiday flight to HRG with the in Germany legendary LTU. I always felt safe in it and would definitely fly on a 757 again. - MaultierColt308

Great plane flew from manchest to turkey and back in this. Comfortable ride each way!

Very useful to get to Hawaii from LA.

Shut up a321 lovers

16 Airbus A340

This aircraft has a pretty good safety record. The only major crash I remember was an Air France crash back in 2005 and that was due to nothing but pilot error and bad weather. - LedgerDraven

A very elegant airplane. One of the most beautiful ever built. - altariel

Unique layout and ability to go to any airport (that has a runway long enough) to any other airport in the world.

Four engines, beautiful and not as fat as 747 or A380. 4 engines 4 long hauL!

17 Airbus A321

If Boeing had a rival for this plane it would be the 757. - LedgerDraven

Great plane! can't doubt it's capabilities and luxury!

Air bus always better then Boeing they are more safer then Boeing I afraid to fly with Boeing airplanes

Agreed Airbus is way better

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18 Antonov An-225 Mriya

It's not that hard to build a big plane if you've got a lot of money

Its just a cargo plane no a big deal

Excellent Jet, Excellent loader

Biggest aircraft yet. Mwuhahaaha

19 De Havilland Comet

The beginning of it all...

Best plane everr!

I would like to recognize this aircraft as being the first ever aircraft to use jet engines. It's only fault (and biggest one that doomed the bird) was it's extremely thin skin, and poor design that was probed to attract metal fatigue. It was a tragedy.. Two comets brought down by a flying bomb. When the metal fatigue finally gave way, the aircraft ripped itself into pieces. This aircraft honestly could have done better, but by the time they improved the Comet, it was too late. Boeing had already made the 707 and the Comet slowly disappeared, out of aviation.

Shame this beautiful plane couldn't stand the pressure of high altitude

20 Airbus A350 XWB

Long range aircraft = best plane

I've been to the Boeing plant and they said if it's not Boeing I'm not going

The A350 XWB is a technologically advanced twinjet which was meant to compete with the Boeing 787. This plane is unique in its own ways, and is still an efficient, long range, and comfortable aircraft

The A350 XWB is one of the most advanced aircraft, it is a great mix between fitting in with the rest of the Airbus family and leading with innovations. It's an aircraft of the future.

21 Airbus A300

This was the K-MART version of the 767! As a flight attendant it actually was a nice plane to work on but we were always a little frighted of it! We flight attendants called it the "SCARE-BUS" and for good reason! Several incidents of very bad turbulence and the back of the plane was notorious for fish tailing and throwing us around like you dolls! I personally was thrown through the ceiling in the galley during turbulence smashing the galley lights with my head coming down on the ovens and ripping up my back! Blood all over badly injured and my coworker grabbed on the hand holder along the bottom of the overhead bins, ripping his shoulder out of the socket, screaming bloody murder in pain. Have had several back and neck surgeries since then all due to this plane! It was also made very cheaply and broke down allot as well! SAFE TO SAY NOT MY TOP RATED pick!

I understand your hate for this plane but your story is just absolute baloney.

It looks descant had an advanced cockpit for the time it flew and I'm trusting you about it being a K-Mart 767.

22 Boeing 727

Was a flight attendant and we all loved flying the 727-200 that is. The 727-100 not so much.. It was awkward and discombobulated working on it! The 200 was safe, spacious and you always felt safe!

My 1st jet flight was a PSA 727- 200 in 1970. I used the Airstairs to disembark at SAN

23 Bombardier CSeries

Very efficient and quiet. Rode it in Europe

Beautiful dependable aircraft

Very quiet, smooth aircraft

A beautiful, comfortable and capable airplane. - altariel

24 McDonnell Douglas DC-11

Do you mean the MD-11? Cause that's that the stretched DC-10 is actually called. - LedgerDraven

25 Piaggio P180 Avanti

Great plane!

I don't even know what this is.

I don't think that is even a plane


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26 Airbus A320neo

Very efficient. Small but has a very good flying range. New engines,wings,... A perfect small commercial airplane.

All you love about the A320 CEO but better. Outselling the 737 MAX for a reason!

27 Boeing 777x
28 Embraer E-190

Very balanced for such a small plane.

I already rode this plane and in mine opinion it has an smoother landing than an Airbus 330.

This plane is one of my favourites as it has the best engine sound ever in my opinion. Also this plane can climb really fast for its engine power

29 Dash 8 Q400

Great runway numbers, payload capacity, and efficient.

Very comfortable and quiet.

30 Vickers VC10

Wonderful plane graceful comfy long take off

Been on the RAF vc10 many times, a lovely plane, you sat facing backwards as the raf said it is the safest way to fly, wish I could fly it today.

British bird with 4 RR engines across the rear. Prettiest passenger jet made-came along too late as a single isle to be commercially successful.


31 Airbus 350-1000

The 1000 has so much going for it! Brilliant aircraft.

32 Embraer E-Jet Series

The E series don't feel like regional jets at all, but still have no middle seats. Also wider seats in coach is helpful.

Embraer E-170 up to E-195. Very safe and reliable modern jet. Smooth and comfortable.

33 Bombardier CS-300

Just for trying to break the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing gives this spot to Bombardier. While the actual plane may not be all that special (it does have some nice features though), it's the bravery of Bombardier with this plane to challenge Boeing and Airbus that makes this plane awesome. Image this possible future- riding on a double decker jumbo not made buy Airbus or Boeing, but instead Bombardier, Embraer, etc.!

34 Vickers Viscount

Bloody noisy, but comfortable to fly in.

An elegant early turbo prop

35 Tupolev Tu-144

Sabotaged by the French

To be completely accurate, the fastest commercial jet EVER was actually the Tupolev tu 144. Poor thing. Disappeared into time.

Not just into time into the ground as well as smouldering metal

The tupelos was a 727 - HATOOTEH

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36 Airbus A318

The smallest plane in the A320 family.

37 Embraer 195

It's a very good plane, if your looking for something cheap.

38 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
39 BAe 146

Best selling British plane

40 Bombardier CRJ 1000
41 Airbus A319

A smaller version of the A320.

42 CRJ-700


43 Embraer E145

It’s an alright aircraft

44 Lockheed Constellation Super Connie

Most beautiful airliner in history!

It was really fast food a prop driven airplane, not as loud as even today's jets and it was reassuring to know how amazing the safety record is on one. Everything was fine especially with the glamour of air travel back then. When I flew on one, it was towards the end of its career though, but I'll never forget that amazing flght

45 Short Sandringham

When travel was an adventure

46 Piper J-3 Cub
47 Boeing 707

The most beautiful plane ever!

The Mighty 707. One of Bill Boeing's last directly influenced designs. Its smaller brother the 720 was good but not produced in large numbers.

The great great great grandfather of all the commercial Boeing jets! Started the American commercial jet age. Although no longer in service, 707 "look" hardly any different than todays commercial jets.. The 707 was at least as fast and had quite a long range (some 5000nm) for a narrow-body aircraft.
I loved the Boeing 707.

What a great workhorse!

48 Boeing 797

People they might make it in 2020

It actually did exist 55 years ago but there is no such thing no due to bad safety and fuel tank not big enough to store enough fuel for a flight longer than 30 minutes

Why have we got this on her? It doesn't exist yet

This plane doesn't exist!

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49 Boeing 737-MAX 8

Maybe they'll be able to return to service after a software update. Hopefully there is never a crash like the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes after the update. - LedgerDraven

Take it off the list something is wrong with the 737 max first Lion Air JT 610 5 months later
Ethiopian Airlines ET 302.

It's out but not available yet

50 ATL-98 Carvair
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