Note: This article is only for a quick Boeing vs Airbus comparison. We will be covering how to identify each aircraft of the two companies in detail our series AIKA BirdSpot! Many articles in the series are live now and can be accessed here.

Getting to the point faster:

There is one feature which will help you differentiate a Boeing from an Airbus most of the times – The Cockpit Windows! The side view of an Airbus cockpit has a notched window (sliding cut on top of a square window) while Boeing cockpit has V-shaped windows (lower edges of the windows form a shallow V-shape). 

Making it easy to remember – WANBV – the Windows of Airbuses are Notched and Boeings, V-shaped.

Example time baby!

Notice the sliding notch on the Airbus below:

Image by Valentin Perret from Pexels

And the shallow V-shaped windows on the Boeing below:

Image by Pascal Renet from Pexels

This rule has a few exceptions though:

Boeing 787 (Dreamliner): Laterally tapering windows. This shape is unique to 787.

Image by Daniel Eledut on Unsplash

Airbus A350: Zorro-mask shaped windows. This shape too is unique to A350.

Image by John H. from Pixabay

(Check out one more photo here: https://bit.ly/2OAexRZ)

Boeing 747: Square windows, unlike any other Boeing/Airbus plane. However, spotting a 747 is EXTREMELY easy as it is unlike any other Boeing/Airbus plane. This is almost poetic.

Image by Nikita Herasimenka on Unsplash

The other way many spotters use to differentiate B vs A is the nose shape. Airbus noses are Round while Boeings’ are Pointy. So another mnemonic you can remember is NARBP – the Noses of Airbuses are Round and Boeings, Pointy.

Boeing 737 – Pointy Nose

Image by Holgi from Pixabay 

Airbus A320 – Round Nose

Image by József Kincse from Pixabay 

This was a quick glance through to the world of Plane Spotting. We will delve deep in our series AIKABirdSpot. Stay tuned!

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