The Top 10 Aircraft Manufacturers

 The Top 10 Aircraft Manufacturers

#Lockheed Martin Aircraft Corp

 L-1011: Luxury among the clouds

In April 1972, after six grueling years of design and some unforeseen setbacks, the then-Lockheed California Company (now Lockheed Martin) delivered the most technologically advanced commercial jet of its era, the L-1011 TriStar, to its first client, Eastern Airlines.

In a similar fashion to other iconic passenger airliners before it, the L-1011 faced daunting challenges on the way to its inaugural flight. Divergent needs from competing airlines led to design challenges. Financial difficulties ravaged its engine’s manufacturer. And a recession, fueled by the world’s first oil crisis, lessened the demand for commercial airliners.

But the L-1011, like its parent company, endured the storm, including a government loan guarantee, but in the end, more than 4,500 jobs were saved.  And on April 30, 1972, Eastern Airlines began scheduled service of the L-1011, with a smooth flight from Miami to New York.

On the runway, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was an undeniable beauty. With its large, curved nose, low-set wings, and graceful swept tail, it looked as sleek as a dolphin. But in flight, the L-1011 was nothing short of a miracle, the first commercial airliner capable of flying itself from takeoff to landing.

#Airbus  A380-800


A320 - The most successful aircraft family ever

Airbus’ highly innovative digital solution to this challenge includes the automatic capture of data for passengers' onboard meal consumption, along with tracing the amount of unused food and drinks that remain. By integrating such information in an artificial intelligence-driven system, airlines could optimize their catering services and better manage the after-meal disposal – leading to a potential for double-digit reductions in their CO2 emissions through weight reductions and fuel savings.

Elements of this solution have undergone initial evaluations in realistic conditions aboard the Airspace Explorer – a dedicated cross-programme flight test platform that Airbus utilizes to test and demonstrate new innovations for future aircraft cabins.


The 737 MAX family is designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market. Every airplane will feature the new Boeing Sky Interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead storage bins.

#E175-E2 Embraer

The Embraer E-Jet family is a series of four-abreast narrow-body short- to medium-range twin-engine jet airliners, carrying 66 to 124 passengers, produced by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer. The aircraft family was first introduced at the Paris Air Show in 1999 and entered production in 2002. The series has been a commercial success primarily due to its ability to efficiently serve lower-demand routes while offering many of the same amenities and features of larger jets.

 The E-Jet family is used by mainline and regional airlines around the world and is particularly popular with regional airlines in the United States.

Setting a new level in performance and economics. Designed for short to mid-range flights, the Embraer 175 features a flexible seat configuration so you can match capacity to market demand. Achieve greater productivity and higher utilization.

#Collins Aerospace

The company was acquired by United Technologies Corporation on November 27, 2018, and now operates as part of Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

Cockpit to cabin, nose to tail, and across the flight experience, Collins Aerospace is one of the world’s leading providers of aerospace systems and services for commercial aircraft.

#Bombardier CRJ1000

The rise and fall of Bombardier as the world’s third-largest commercial aircraft manufacturer is an important roller-coaster of a story that is still reverberating throughout Canada’s aerospace industry.

On the 33-year journey, the commercial aircraft business provided thousands of good paying jobs and the CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet) became one of the top selling commercial jets of all time.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has been broken up, with Airbus buying the C Series program in June 2018, Longview Aviation Capital Corp. buying the Q400 Dash 8 program in June 2019,

 and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries buying the CRJ program in a deal expected to close by mid-2020.

#ATR 72- Twin-Engine Turboprop

The ATR 72 is one of a family of twin-turboprop passenger and freighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). ATR, with its headquarters in Toulouse, is a joint venture

 company between EADS and Finmeccanica / Alenia Aeronautica.

The family consists of the ATR 42 and ATR 72, of which the ATR 42-500 and ATR 72-500 and ATR-600 are the models currently in production. In October 2009, ATR rolled out the new 600 series aircraft.

The ATR 72-600 received the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in May 2011. It entered into service in August 2011 with Royal Air Maroc.

The maiden flight of the ATR 72 was completed in October 1988 and the aircraft entered service in October 1989. The ATR 72-500 is certified to operate on unpaved runways by installing a kit to  ensure landing gear and lower fuselage protection.

#Tupoloev  TU-214

Russian industry plans to begin delivering all-new Tupolev-214 narrowbody airliners in 2024 and ship a total of 70 of the twin-engine aircraft within six years, according to Russia’s Rostec state corporation, which controls all aircraft manufacturing companies in the country. Work has already started at the Kazan Aviation Production Association (KAPO) on an initial batch of 20 airframes. Future plans call for KAPO to produce the type at an annual rate of ten aircraft.

Russian engineers designed the Tu-214 as a heavier, longer-range modification of the initial Tu-204, which flew for the first time in 1989. The much-improved Tu-214 followed in 1996 and won local type certification in December 2000. The airplane can carry 212 passengers in a single-class, 32-inch-pitch cabin layout, 2,590 nm in the standard factory configuration, which also holds two galleys and three lavatories.

 A configuration featuring a two-class cabin carrying 150 passengers can fly to a range of 3,720 nm.

#Mitsubishi SpaceJet

The Mitsubishi SpaceJet brings enhanced passenger satisfaction and more profit potential for airlines: a paradigm shift for the regional market.

Incorporating cutting-edge technologies, including a new engine optimized for Mitsubishi SpaceJet and state-of-the-art advanced aerodynamics, Mitsubishi SpaceJet is designed to achieve a game-changing fuel efficiency. At the same time, we have significantly increased passenger space relative to standard regional jets, ensuring the utmost comfort and passenger experience. With its environmentally friendly, highly efficient and comfortable design,

 Mitsubishi SpaceJet will contribute to the profitability and competitiveness of airlines around the world.

#Comac C-919

C919 is a large passenger aircraft currently being developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). It will be a narrow-body aircraft with a seating capacity ranging between 168 and 190.

The first flight of the aircraft was expected to take place in May 2014, but has been delayed until the end of 2015.

 The aircraft is expected to enter service by 2017. The delay is attributed to a lack of experience and local industry-specific talent to execute the project.

The aircraft is being designed and developed in Shanghai. The aircraft’s centre and outer wing boxes, wing panels, ailerons and flaps are being manufactured at the Xi’an centre in China. The centre fuselage sections are being manufactured at Hongdu, also in China. The airframe of the aircraft will be made of an aluminium alloy. The centre wing box will be made from carbon fibre composites.

Er Ruchika Nolakha [B Tech, PGDM]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt. Ltd. 

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