Post by ghorn on Feb 13, 2014 10:01:52 GMT 1
If you go by just the model number, you have 1544 B777, 1537 B747 and 1313 A330 for the top three. But the first two span over multiple generations and if you consider the technical aspects, the only major similarities between those generations are the fuselage width, nose and tail. Everything else, the engines, flight deck, the wings, the fuse lengths are different. Applying the same criteria to the Airbus widebodies, the A330 is actually a next generation A300/A310. So Roger Béteille's 222-in fuselage becomes the best-selling widebody and the first to break the 2000 mark with a total of 2129 for the twins. Then, the A340? Do you consider it a part of the A330 family despite the 2 extra engines like Airbus themselves say. The 737 and 707 have similar fuselage widths and nose shape, but the former is a twin and the latter is a quad. Going by Boeing's system, A300/A310/A330 have to be lumped into one family and while the A340 is kept separate.
philidor. Looks like you moved ahead of me to outfitting, while I mothballed myself away for the past few months...
I think the success of the A300 and all its derivatives ( yes I do include the A340 ) is amazing.
I think it will be 40 years this May since the A300 entered service. And total sales exceed 2500.
Quite staggering that there is talk of a re-engined A330 being introduced in 2018 that will be competitive with the new technology 787 and A350.
Well done Airbus.