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    Arun Rajagopal

    Marketing, Social Media, Planes, Trains, Conversations & Life on a Blo

    How to know your Airbus from Boeing August 12, 2010 

    Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation, Travel. Tags: A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A30, A3!0, A380, Airbus, Aviation, "#3#, "##, "##$8 %nter&ontinental, "#!#, "#'# "###, "#8#, "oeing, (rea)liner, Planespo*ing

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    Many of us admire airplanes for the graceful, elegant and sleek ying machines that they are.

    !o" many of you have "ondered a#out the type or kind of the aircraft that you are traveling in or ying over you in the sky$ %s a Boeing or an ir#us$ %s it an ''( or a B)))$

    How to know your plane?

    *irst and the easy "ay out, look for the name of the aircraft type to #e "ri+en on the aircraft fuselage. Most airlines still retain it. This should #e easy if you are closer to the aircraft parked on the apron.

    o" for the second part. *or practical purposes, "e "ill focus only on the #ig - giants of aviation  ir#us and Boeing, and close the gates on Lockheed, Mc/onnell /ouglas, ntonov, %lyushin, Bom#ardier, 0m#raer, Sukhoi etc.

    1e "ill also only consider airplanes that are currently ying around the "orld in large num#ers, "hich means no clearance for)( or )-) to take o2.

    A quick 101 on the two giants:

    Boeing is merican and the largest glo#al aircraft manufacturer #y revenue, orders and deliveries. ir#us is 0uropean and a

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    Airbus or Boeing – A-Team vs. B-Team

    Boeing B777 APU area – sawed off.

    !ave a look at the P3 04haust unit #eneath the tail. Both ir#uses and Boeings have a circular outlet "ith the only e4ception"ith B))) having a sa"ed o2 unit.

    ll ir#us "ide5#odies apart from the '6( have a fuselage top that continues straight all the "ay to the P3 e4haust. Boeingshav a taper do"n"ards. The end of Boeings are 7tapered8 and slope on the top and #o+om, "hereas on ir#us the top is straight and the #o+om is very sloped.

    Narrow-body or Wide-body

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    0d 9aplanian from *uture of *light has more tips to di2erentiate #et"een ''(s and B)))s.

    The A330 with 2 pairs of wheels on each main landing gear.

    1heels: The main landing gear on an ''( has t"o sets of "heels, "hat they call in the industry ;a t"o "heel truck

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    A330 with conical APU.

    Tail end: The P3 ;au4iliary po"er unit< e4haust outlet is mounted in the middle of the tail cone on an ''(. The P3 ;au4iliary po"er unit< e4haust outlet is mounted on the left side of the tail cone on the B))).

    1ing tips: The ''( "ing incorporates small "ing tips on the "ings. The B))) "ing does not have "ing tips.

    The small birds – A320s vs. B737s

    %n terms of capacity, this ho" the ir#us airplanes in the '-( family compete "ith the Boeing )') family.

    A3! "s. B737-#00

    A3$ "s. B737-700

    A320 "s. B737-!00

    A32 "s. B737-$00

    The B)')5)(( is on the left and the '-( is on the right. ote ho" the tail =n of the B)') rises from the main #ody at a sharp angl

    The '-( is at top and the B)') is at the #o+om. The '-( fuselage is rounded at the front, pointed at the #ack. The )') fuselage is pointed at the front, rounded at the #ack.

    Can you guess "ho is '-( and B)') in the a#ove pic$

    %n each case, the Boeing version is lighter and seats more people. The ir#us version sits higher o2 the ground compared to

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    Know your B737s

    The B)')s come in > versions: 5?((, 5-((, 5'((, [email protected]((, 5A((, 5((, 5)((, 56((, and >((0. The '((, [email protected](( and 5A(( fall into the category of Classics "hile the last @ are e" Deneration Boeings. The '((s are the shortest "hile the >((0 is the longest. The only e4ception to the rule is @((, "hich is longer than the '((, 5(( and )(( versions.

    B737-00 – classic.

    B737-200 – classic.

    B737-300 – classic.

    B737-%00 – classic.

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    Know your B747s

    B)@)s come in =ve versions  ?((, 5SP, 5-((, 5'((, and [email protected]((. ll versions are )(.m long e4cept the B)@)SP from the 5?(( family "hich is around ?Am shorter. There are a fe" su#5variants #ut "e "ill primarily focus on the #ig A.

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    Know your B757s

    B)A)s come in t"o versions  -(( and the longer '((. The drooping dolphin shaped nose and thin, s"ept #ack "ings of this aircraft type is a distinct givea"ay.

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    Know your B767s

    The B)) comes in ' variants  -((, '(( and @(( "ith respective 04tended ange versions. The -(( is the shortest "hile @(( isthe longest.

    The B))5'((

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    Know your B777s

    The easiest "ay to identify a B))) is to look at its tail area for a #lade5shaped tail cone. lso check out the main landing gear. %fyospot  "heels on each landing gear, it is a ))). There are @ passenger versions of the ))): B)))5-((, B)))5-(( 0 ;04tended ange B)))5-((L ;Longer ange

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    B)))5'((  )'.>m

    B)))5'((0  )'.>m

    Airbus Focus:

    Know your A300s

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    The '(( [email protected]

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    Know your A320s

    The '-( family of Eets includes the '?65?((, '?>5?((, '-(5-(( and the '-?5-((. %n terms of fuselage length, the '?6 is the shortest ;aka Ba#y Bus< and the '-? is the longest.

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    Know your A330s

    The ''( comes in - passenger versions  the ''(5-(( and ''(5'((. The '(( version is longer than the -(( version #ut has a shorter tail height. The '(( carries more passengers #ut has a shorter range. lso, note the @ "heels on each main landing gear and the smoother curvature of the tail to distinguish it from a B))).

    *uselage lengths:

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    Know your A340s

    %f it is single deck and has got @ engines, you #et it is the '@(. The '@( comes in @ passenger versions  the '@(5-((, '@(5

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