This article aims at providing a bird’s-eye view of all the Airbus aircraft, with special emphasis on the ones currently in service.
Note: This article is a part of AIKA Birdspot Series, whose aim is to help you identify any commercial aircraft in under 5 seconds. To access the series, click here.
Airbus: A Short Background
Airbus is a European aerospace corporation registered in Netherlands, trading shares in France, Germany and Spain, and with its main civil aviation business based in Blagnac (a suburb of Toulouse), France. It designs, manufactures and sells military and civil aerospace products worldwide. We are going to focus only on commercial airliners.
Most of the Airbus aircraft are of the A3x0 series. One notable exception is the recent A220 which is an aircraft designed and manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace (Canadian aerospace company), and marketed by Airbus.
|Name||Type||First Flight||Important Variants|
|A300||Wide-Body||1972||B1, B2, B4, 600, 600ST (Beluga)|
|A310||Wide-Body||1982||200, 200C, 200F, 300, 300F, 300C, MRT/MRTT, Zero G|
|A318||Narrow-Body||2002||111, 112, 121, 122|
|A319||Narrow-Body||1995||100, 111, 132, CJ (Corporate Jet, MPA (Maritime Patrol), LR, Neo|
|A320||Narrow-Body||1987||100, 200, Neo|
|A321||Narrow-Body||1993||100, 200, LR, XLR, Neo|
|A330||Wide-Body||1992||100, 200, 200F, 300, 300HGW, 800Neo, 900Neo, 743L (Beluga XL)|
|A340||Wide-Body||1991||200, 300, 500, 600|
|A350||Wide-Body||2013||900, 900ULR, 1000|
The Airbus Family, In Pictures
A size comparison can be made in the infographic below:
Now that you have a high-level understanding of the Airbus family, head over here to know how you can tell apart these aircraft by just a cursory glance.
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