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.

Range, speed, capacity, economics boeing never skimps on wing design allowing aircraft to directly to high cruising altitude

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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

Best plane around. How did the a380 even get a single order. it looks extremely ugly with that cockpit window in the middle.

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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.

Seeing how big it was, I thought that it was gonna have turbulence and is gonna be loud. I was in Business class at the window. And oh my god. It was the smoothest plane I have ever been on. 90% of the planes I have been on was the Boeing 777 or 747. And the Airbus doesn't have much noise compared to those Boeings I mentioned. It's the future of aviation. The seats in Business is bigger than the Boeings. You don't feel claustrophobic or miserable. I bet that the people who voted for Boeing 777 and 747 were just Americans having pride in their country by liking Boeing.

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.

Best wing shape.

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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! "

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.

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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.

You could get from London to New York in 3 hours, the length of Titanic. - Dominicmgm

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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.

It was one of the quietest planes I've ever flew on

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7 Airbus A330

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

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

I had the smoothest landing in it

Very beautiful aircraft. - altariel

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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...

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.

Takes down buildings - Blazeitzane

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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 Newcomers

? Embraer E145

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.

A 350 B 787 and A 220 the most advanced airplanes in the market.

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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!

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

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.

A320 is number 1

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14 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 wish I could fly on one of these!

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15 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.

Most versatile (if not overpowered) commercial jet ever built. Should not have gone out of production. Basically a jack of all trades on routes up to 4,000 miles in length.

Shut up a321 lovers

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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

Great plane!

Never mind, it's not in war thunder ☹️

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20 Airbus A321

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

Agreed Airbus is way better


21 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!

22 Embraer E-190

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

Very balanced for such a small plane.

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

23 Bombardier CSeries

Probably the best plane on the market right now.

A beautiful, comfortable and capable airplane. - altariel

Lighter, quieter, most economical, most advence plane ever.

Bombardier is known to bring good products on the market and the cseries aicrafts are no different even better.Good recipies takes time and Bombardier made sure that before they put this aicraft in service it will be the best in the sky.It will be profitable for airlines and travellers will enjoy it.Now the question is, do airlines want to build their future with an aicraft of the 21st century or with 20 years old upgraded models.

24 McDonnell Douglas DC-11
25 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.

26 De Havilland Comet

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

Really nice bird, but it's designers were too greedy

Flew many times as a passenger. Powerful take off. Beautiful design,once heard it said that "this is the plane pilots would fly on their day off"!

27 Dash 8 Q400

Great runway numbers, payload capacity, and efficient.

Very comfortable and quiet.

28 Boeing 777x
29 Vickers VC10

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.


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.

30 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.!

31 Embraer E-Jet Series

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

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

32 Tupolev Tu-144

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

Sabotaged by the French

Fastest commercial jet...But by far the worst commercial jet

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33 Airbus A319

A smaller version of the A320.

34 Embraer 195

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

35 Airbus A340

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!

A340-600 is just next to 747 in terms of its airborne charm.

A better 707. I’d trust four engines over two any day. - vpitt5

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36 BAe 146

Best selling British plane

37 Bombardier CRJ 1000
38 CRJ-700


39 Short Sandringham

When travel was an adventure

40 Piper J-3 Cub
41 Boeing 797

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!


42 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

43 Airbus A318

The smallest plane in the A320 family.

44 Boeing 737-MAX 8

It's out but not available yet

45 Lockheed Constellation Super Connie

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

46 ATL-98 Carvair
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