In aviation lingo, a widebody
is an airliner
that has two parallel aisle
s, seating up to ten abreast
in economy class
. The first widebody aircraft was the Boeing 747
, which was followed by competitors from other aircraft manufacturers. Today, Boeing
own the widebody market, and face no competition besides each other.
At first, widebodies were designed for long-range international routes, but since the Airbus A300 rolled out in the early 1970's, designers have also made widebodies accustomed to shorter, high-density routes. The domestic 747 used by JAL and ANA is a good example.
The following widebody aircraft have gone into production and service:
Two new widebody designs are being developed today The Airbus A380, slated for a 2006 rollout, is designed for high-density routes, while the Boeing 7E7, slated for a 2010 rollout, is designed for lesser routes. Many airlines now find it more economical to use several regional jets instead of one widebody over shorter corridors.
Abandoned widebody concepts include: