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

The 777 is the best best plane I've ever taken, especially the 300er

Best high tech plane in the world

Used and trusted by the almost all the big guns in commercial aviation.

Smooth ride. strong engine.

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2 Boeing 747

How did the a380 get up here? I mean... they are saying they will be put out of production in 2020! the 747 by the way has been flying for over 50 years *cough cough* a380 is a failure and waste of money. (the amount of money wasted is over 20 billion dollars, good job airbus you gave yourself a bad name). Oh the 747 over 2500 have been produced (a lot for a large plane especially at this size). The 747 should be the king of the skies not the queen (because it is the definition of moving forward in aviation as well as state of the art technology). Oh yes Airbus supporters don't get angry about this... oh yes the A350 *cough cough* fake 787 disgraceful and rude. Do not get me started on how the a380 looks...

Best plane ever.
It was an original concept. A lot of paperwork, design changes. It had a good safety record, it's been in the skies for over 40 years now. A380, on the other hand had only spent 5 odd years. -100, -200, -400 ETC to name a few, Lot of improvement, innovation over years. It is now the longest and the fastest public airplane. Love the graceful hump. It is always exhilarating to watch a 747 land. QUEEN OF THE SKIES, INDEED.

How is this here? I understand that it was amazing in its time, but this is 2017! I can't believe that airlines still use this! Compared to aircraft such as the A380, which have full Fly By Wire (FBW) and are much more comfortable (for example the A380 has 50% less cabin noise). I see some people who seem to have turned this into an Airbus vs Boeing debate, and that's just stupid, since the A380 is obviously better than the 747 as it was made 30 years later! Also, I apologize to the person who was offended by my statement that the 747 is not as good as the A380. I was simply stating that the A380 is more technologically advanced, which means it's safer and more comfortable. I understand that the "Queen of the Skies" was beautiful when it came out, but now it is simply not as good as other commercial aircraft on the market. I rest my case. - J_the_WF

The 747 was the backbone of most major airlines back then such as Pam Am, TWA, KLM etc. The a380 on the other hand might be bigger and fly further, but has never really made a huge splash like the 747 did.

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3 Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is an Amazing Aircaft, with it's high density passenger layout it could carry up to 853 passengers, not only that, the Efficiency of this Gentle Giant is not matched by any other. The Airbus A380 also boasts multiple arrays of high tech equipment and avionics making it as All Airbus aircraft are, Safe, Reliable, Efficient, Easy-to Fly, Comfortable and much more. The Entire Plane is a Beautiful Feat of Engineering and Design and no other aircraft can compete with it, It takes an A380 to Compete with an A380.

Its one of the biggest aircraft ever. It carry more than the Boeing also it has more facilities. Its more comfortable.that's why all the airlines want the A380. Also Emirates is one of the best airlines in the world made the largest order for the A380.

Because of the fact that airbus has a much better safety record than boeing is the only reason that I picked the airbus a380 over the boeing 747. But In my opinion but companies make amazing aircraft and looking forward to the future of aviation!

I don't understand why the Boeing 777 is on this list. I go with business class, and the boeing is literally so uncomfortable and a lot louder compared to the Airbus A380. In fact, I can say with confidence that the Airbus A380's ECONOMY class is better than the Boeing 777's BUSINESS class. Without a doubt. Plus the boeing 777's T.V. screen is so glitchy and small. The touch screen and remote barely works. I can never sleep on the boeing.. Too loud IN the cabin, and the seats make you claustrophobic.

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4 Boeing 737

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.

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.

The Boeing 737 has established the best safety record ratio for passenger miles flown. Since it was unveiled by United in 1968 it has been improved continuously over the last 45 years. Today the 737-800 and beyond are the safest, strongest, aircraft. Airbus is good but..."If it ain't Boeing, I'm not going! "

The Boeing 737 is an amazing aircraft. I have been on long flights with this aircraft and they are quite enjoyable. Not to small, not to big. Another thing is that it can fly so far. I have been on 4 hour flights with the Boeing 737. The best aircraft type in my opinion!

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5 Concorde

Who could forget the Concorde, it was the first and last commercial aircraft to break the sound barrier. This meant that you could go from London to New York in around 6 hours or less that's almost twice as fast as modern aircraft today.

Wish they just improved technology, comfort and fuel efficiency on this record-breaking beauty of an aircraft. Twas one giant leap backwards when taken out of service. I wonder if we will see such an aircraft in the near future, with all the tech we have.

The delta wing icon that was the result of a collaboration between Britain and France. Fastest commercial plane to this day. The 747 that went on to beat Concorde in sales was the result of Concorde beating the Boeing 2707 to production.

Well, Concorde is the first ever supersonic commercial plane on earth! Why is it so low on the list?!

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6 Boeing 787

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.

By far the most advanced and well designed plane in the skies. More comfortable and enjoyable flight than you could imagine.

This awesome aircraft is my favourite aircraft ever and it's a epic

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7 Airbus A330

Kind of loud. But spacious and not crammed. Beautiful bird.

I had the smoothest landing in it

Fuel efficient, very quiet, very wide, and obciously the best aircraft ever.

Not a handsome aircraft... still has a way to go before competing with the 777

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8 Boeing 767

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...

Only one seat in seven is a middle seat!

This is the aircraft I've flown on the most with 9 flights all transatlatic. Twice on a 767-332, Twice on a 767-432ER, 4 Times on a 767-332(ER)WL and once on a 767-323(ER)WL.

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9 Douglas DC-3

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.

Great airplane! - Airplanez_crazy

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10 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.


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The Contenders

11 Airbus A350

This is not a copy of any Boeing plane fist it is the wides aircraft what Airbus did was take 2 A330 to make 1 A350. This list is not correct at all as people are picking by nation not merit yes the 747 should be number 1 it's been here for 40 years but all airlines are putting them on the shelf and as for European airlines buying out of duty ha ha that's what US airlines have always done

The Airbus A350 holds a far more advanced technology throughout the whole aircraft and inside the cockpit. The wingtips are folded in to create more lift, making the passengers gain more comfort and luxury. I personally think that this is a very well-planned aircraft.

Personally speaking, I think this is a gorgeous aircraft with wonderful technology. Really, I don't know why people always pick on airbus, saying that this is copied from boeing...I would gladly fly with this a350 any day.

It has the most advanced aviation technology, plus the best aerodynamic design. It's the best aircraft!

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12 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!

13 Airbus A320

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!

Arguably better than the 737 (I've been on both). Wonderful work of genius.

This is turning into American supremism! People are only focusing on where the plane was built. This is the worst list I have ever seen. - airbusrules

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14 Boeing 757

Fantastic plane! Very smooth and as quick as a modern day 747 despite being over 20 years old.

The 757 is elegant in every way. It looks the way a commercial aircraft should look. Paired with Rolls Royce engines, it has one of the highest thrust to weight ratios of any commercial aircraft.

Best combo of performance and cruising range. The only plane that can do those "long thin routes".

I am yet to find a plane that provided as much legroom as the 757.

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15 Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

Rode the L-1011 twice in the 80s/90s on Delta and ATA. Loved the RB-211s and the living room feel. From all pilot accounts it had the best air conditioning system. It was ahead of its time in terms of technical advances and flight control. Of course, it's design was a cut above the rest.

A stellar aircraft. Bring it back, please!

It was way ahead of its time. Full cat III Autoland capability. The quietest cabin untill the 777-200. It's AC system was the best in the business and it's cabin air exchange rate was every 15 minutes, again not matched until the 777. Flight attendants loved the lower galley rest area. Pilots who flew it called it the best plane they ever flew. Customers loved the wider seats with longer legroom. To top off all this it only had 1 hull loss the was attributed to a design/construction flaw making it one of the safest commercial airliners ever built.

I can't believe this! This great jet should be up in the top 3 because of its S ducked center lined aft. engine, & horizontal flying stabilizer with the worlds first use of carbon fiber in its rear spars! I know this because I was there in building 175/146 at B-1 Burbank! You would have to cross a DC-9 or Super 80 with a 727 to even come close to a smooth flying L-1011 but would still be lacking size, hands free landings, & quality! Lockheed killed the jet because of losing money on the "Build It Your Way No extra Charge " motto! A man named Les once told me he was a former L-1011 salesman who was paid not to show up to Airlines that wanted the jet!

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16 MD-11

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

If I rated it 1/10 I would rate it a 12...

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17 Airbus A350 XWB

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.

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

It is an incredibly new plane with a high level technology only one inch narrower than the 777 but 5 inches wider than the 787. the range of the -900ulr that comes out in 2018 will be able to fly the route from sydney to london direct and singapore to newark direct.

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18 Boeing 707

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!

Sleek, beautiful jet, the grand-daddy of all the commercial Boeing jets. 1950s technology yet the 300 series with its JT3D fanjets could fly for nearly 12 hours nonstop, over 600mph, at a ceiling of 42,000 feet. Long forgotton yet one of the most influential jet of all time!

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19 Piaggio P180 Avanti

I don't even know what this is.

I don't think that is even a plane


Never mind, it's not in war thunder ☹️

20 Airbus A321

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

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