Narrow-body aircraft

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

A narrow-body aircraft or single-aisle aircraft is an airliner arranged along a single aisle permitting up to 6-abreast seating in a cabin below 4 metres (13 ft) of width. In contrast, a wide-body aircraft is a larger airliner usually configured with multiple aisles and a fuselage diameter of more than 5 metres (16 ft) allowing more than 7-abreast seating and often more travel classes. The highest seating capacity of a narrow-body aircraft is 295 passengers in the Boeing 757–300, while wide-body aircraft can accommodate between 250 and 600 passengers.

Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing 757-300 are the most dense single-aisle layouts at 280 seats.[1]

Between 2015 and 2035, Flightglobal expects more than 24600 single-aisles to be delivered for almost $1415 billion, 44% Airbus A320 family ceo and neo and 43% Boeing 737 NG and max.[2] Narrow-body aircraft with a range not allowing transatlantic or transcontinental flights are commonly known as regional airliners.[citation needed]

2-abreast aircraft seats typically 4 to 19 passengers, 3-abreast 24 to 45, 4-abreast 44 to 80, 5-abreast 85 to 130, 6-abreast 120 to 230.[3]

Common narrow-body aircraft types[edit]

This Virgin America Airbus A320 is an example of a narrow-body passenger cabin.

Six-abreast cabin[edit]

Type Country Production Fuselage Cabin Max. seats
Airbus A320 family[4] EU 1986– 395 cm (156 in) 370 cm (150 in) 236
Hawker Siddeley Trident[nb 1] UK 1962-1978 344 cm (135 in) 180
Boeing 707/Boeing 720[6] USA 1958–1979 376 cm (148 in) 354 cm (139 in) 219
Boeing 727[7] USA 1963–1984 376 cm (148 in) 356 cm (140 in) 189
Boeing 737[8] USA 1966– 376 cm (148 in) 354 cm (139 in) 220
Boeing 757[9] USA 1981–2004 376 cm (148 in) 354 cm (139 in) 295
Bristol Britannia UK 1952-1960 139
Comac C919[citation needed] CH 2016- 396 cm (156 in) 390 cm (150 in) 174
Dassault Mercure[citation needed] FR 1971-1975 390 cm (150 in) 162
Douglas DC-8[citation needed] USA 1958–1972 373 cm (147 in) 335 cm (132 in) 269
Irkut MC-21[10] RU 2017- 406 cm (160 in) 381 cm (150 in) 230
Ilyushin Il-62 RU 1963-1995 186
Lockheed L-188 Electra USA 1957–61 98
Tupolev Tu-114[citation needed] RU 1958–1963 420 cm (170 in) 220
Tupolev Tu-154[11] RU 1968–2013 380 cm (150 in) 180
Tupolev Tu-204[citation needed] RU 1990- 380 cm (150 in) 357 cm (141 in) 215
Tupolev Tu-334 RU 1999–2009 102
Vickers VC10[citation needed] UK 1962–1970 375 cm (148 in) 151

Five-abreast cabin[edit]

Type Country Production Fuselage Cabin Max. seats
Antonov 148 UKR
BAC One-Eleven UK 320 cm (130 in)
British Aerospace 146[nb 2] UK 350 cm (140 in)
Bombardier CSeries CAN 328 cm (129 in)
Comac ARJ21 CH 314 cm (124 in)
Convair 880/Convair 990 USA 325 cm (128 in)
de Havilland Comet UK
Fokker F28/Fokker 70/Fokker 100 ND 330 cm (130 in)
Douglas DC-9/MD-80/MD-90/B717 USA 340 cm (130 in)
Sukhoi Superjet 100 RU 323 cm (127 in)
Sud Aviation Caravelle FR
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser USA
Douglas DC-4 USA
Douglas DC-6 USA
Douglas DC-7 USA
Ilyushin Il-18 RU
Lockheed Constellation USA
Vickers Viscount UK

Four-abreast cabin[edit]

Type Country Production Fuselage Cabin Max. seats
Antonov An-24 UKR
ATR 42/ATR 72 FR/IT
Fokker 50 ND
Bombardier Dash 8 CAN
Bombardier CRJ CAN
Concorde FR/UK
Convair CV-240 USA
Douglas DC-3 USA
Embraer E-Jet family BR
Tupolev Tu-124 RU 1960–1965 2.7 m 56
Tupolev Tu-134[14] RU 1966–1984 2.9 m 2.71 m[15] 84[14]
Tupolev Tu-144 RU

Three-abreast cabin[edit]

Type Country Production Fuselage Cabin Max. seats
BAe Jetstream 41 UK
Embraer EMB 120 BR
Embraer ERJ 145 family BR
Saab 340/Saab 2000 SWE
Shorts 360 IRL

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ except seven-abreast for Channel Airways[5]
  2. ^ except six-abreast for some operators including CityJet[12] and Mahan Air[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ seatguru : Thomas Cook B757-300
  2. ^ Morris, Rob. "The Flightglobal Fleet Forecast's narrowbody outlook" August 2015. Archive
  3. ^ Ajoy Kumar Kundu (12 April 2010). Aircraft Design. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 1139487450. 
  4. ^ a321 specifications
  5. ^ "Variants". Shockcone.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  6. ^ 707 acaps
  7. ^ 727 acaps
  8. ^ 737 acaps
  9. ^ 757 acaps
  10. ^ MC-21 spec
  11. ^ tu-154 specs
  12. ^ "SeatGuru Seat Map Air France RJ-85 Avroliner". SeatGuru. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Seat Map". Mahan Air. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  14. ^ a b [1]
  15. ^ [2]