Narrow-body aircraft

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A narrow-body aircraft (also known as a single-aisle aircraft) is an airliner with a fuselage aircraft cabin width typically of 3 to 4 metres (10 to 13 ft), and airline seat arranged 2 to 6 abreast along a single aisle. Narrow-body aircraft with a range not allowing transatlantic or transcontinental flights are commonly known as regional airliners.

In contrast, a wide-body aircraft is a larger airliner and is usually configured with multiple travel classes with a fuselage diameter of 5 to 7 metres (16 to 20 ft) and twin aisles. Passengers are usually seated 7 to 10 abreast. For comparison, typical wide-body aircraft can accommodate between 200 and 600 passengers, while the highest seating capacity of a narrow-body aircraft (the Boeing 757–300) is 289 passengers.

Size comparison between an Airbus A320 (narrow-body) and a Boeing 777-300ER (widebody aircraft)

Analysts expect 41,000 new commercial aircraft valued at $2.83 trillion to be made between 2015 and 2035. About half of that value will be narrow-body, half wide-body. About a third of single-aisles will be A320, a third B737.[1]

Common narrow-body aircraft types[edit]

This Virgin America Airbus A320 is an example of a narrow-body passenger cabin.
This Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 is a popular narrow-body short-medium range airliner. It is one of the more modern narrow body designs.


Six-abreast cabin[edit]

Five-abreast cabin[edit]

Four-abreast cabin[edit]

Three-abreast cabin[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morris, Rob. "The Flightglobal Fleet Forecast's narrowbody outlook" August 2015. Archive
  2. ^ "Variants". Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  3. ^ "SeatGuru Seat Map Air France RJ-85 Avroliner". SeatGuru. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Seat Map". Mahan Air. Retrieved 14 July 2015.