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What the Numbers in the Names of Aircrafts Mean

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Did you know the letters and numbers in the names of planes, for example, B773ER actually make sense to the workers? Our example means Boeing 777-300 that can make long-distance flights.

5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you what the numbers in the names of planes mean to make your next flights even more interesting.

Plane model

All planes have their own models. Each model has different series of planes that might be different in the fuselage parameters, flight distance, number of seats, and other characteristics.

The popular models are:

  • Boeing: 737, 747, 767, 777, 787
  • Airbus: А220, А300, A310, A318, A 320, A340, А380, and others
  • Tupolev: Tu-204, Tu-330, Tu-334
  • Sukhoi: Sukhoi-100

Plane series

Each model has a series. There might be different planes with different parameters, for example, the fuselage length and flight distance. Here are a few examples:

  • Boeing 777 has 777-200 and 777-200ER. ER (Extended Range) means that Boeing planes can fly long distances.
  • Let’s compare 737-700 and 737-900. The 700 has a length of 33.6 meters and a maximum capacity of 149 passengers. And the 900 is 42.1 meters long and has 220 seats.

Abbreviations of models and series in timetables

  • Sometimes, the plane names are shortened. For example, Boeing 777-300 is shortened to B773.

Commercial aircrafts

  • Airbus A310 holds up to 240 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 9,540 km, and has 3 rows.
  • Airbus A320 holds up to 180 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 6,300 km, and has 2 rows.
  • Airbus A330 holds up to 300 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 13,334 km, and has 3 rows.
  • Boeing 737 holds up to 220 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 5,926 km, and has 2 rows.
  • Boeing 777 holds up to 368 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 15,840 km, and has 3 rows.
  • Tupolev Tu-154 holds up to 180 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 5,280 km, and has 2 rows.
  • Tupolev Tu-204 holds up to 210 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 9,300 km, and has 2 rows.
  • Sukhoi Superjet-100 holds up to 98 passengers, has a flight distance of up to 4,578 km, and has 2 rows.
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