By: AirTravellerPH Staff / Photo credits: Wikimedia
Way before the Philippines became an Airbus country, Boeing ruled the skies. The most common among them was the Boeing 737, operated by Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Grand Air, PhilAir, and South East Asian Airlines. The ever beautiful Boeing 747 in Philippine Airlines colors was a common sight, and until its last day in service, everyone was simply mesmerized by its size and beauty.
The Philippines is an Airbus country with our local airlines operating different types of Airbus jets. To the avgeek, it would be easy for them to identify every aircraft to the detail but to the regular passenger, they will all just all seem like one type of Airbus. Here, we look into how we can easily identify between the different variants of the A320 family which local airlines presently operate.
It is indeed the most iconic passenger aircraft ever made which changed air travel. The Boeing 747, also known as the "Jumbo Jet" and "Queen of the Skies", is indeed a beauty, even up to now. It used to also be one of the most widely used aircraft but today, she is slowly becoming a rare sight in the skies as airlines have opted for twin-engine ETOPS rated ultra-long range aircraft.
We see more low cost airlines ordering them in the future. A few months after Cebu Pacific placed an order for 16 Airbus A330-900NEO and 10 Airbus A321XLR, AirAsia X followed suit with an order of 12 additional Airbus A330-900NEO and 30 A321XLR. More than added capacity, both can fly longer distances. The A330-900NEO can fly non-stop from Manila to United States West Coast while A321XLR can now fly straight from Kuala Lumpur to Australia.
Today, the world's longest flights are dominated by wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A350-900, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9, and Airbus A350-900ULR. When we would check the list of the world's top 30 longest flights today, all those listed utilize wide-body aircraft, you will not see a single one using narrow-bodies. So this made us wonder, what are the world's longest flights today utilizing narrow-body aircraft?
When we think of the Boeing 747-8I, the Boeing 777-300ER, and the Airbus A350-900, we see them as sleek, very beautiful, and graceful birds flying in the skies. Did you know though that the original concepts of those three jets were far from what they are today? Yes, the classic 747 wasn't first envisioned as an airplane with a half upperdeck. So yes, the Airbus A380 was not the very first full-length double deck aircraft conceptualized.