Affordable Travel Guide to Airplane Manufacturers

Airplane Manufacturers Design and Build What Keeps Us Aloft

Airplane Manufacturers

Most travelers and commercial passengers on planes do not give a second thought to aircraft manufacturers, who they are or what they make. They just want to feel safe in the air and must have faith that whatever company produced the airliner in which they are about to take off did a good job at their craft. Airplanes are safer than ever before, with new technology and design that ensure quieter performance, more cabin comforts, greater fuel efficiency, top-notch aerodynamics and enhanced safety features.

Everybody has heard of Boeing and Airbus, the two largest airplane manufacturers in the world, but there are thousands of aircraft makers in every industrialized nation on the planet. Some, such as Cessna in the United Sates of America, make smaller aircraft for personal use, or small commuter trips. Others, like Bombardier, based in Montréal, Québec, Canada, make passenger aircraft that seat 70 to 100 passengers and are ideal for commuter and short-haul flights.

Airplane manufacturers, like most other big business these days, are products or mergers and acquisitions. Bombardier, for example, acquired luxury private jet manufacturer, Learjet, and de Havilland was gobbled up by Hakwer Siddeley. Many aircraft manufacturers also produce other modes of transportation such as cars, trains, subway trains, and the like. Most are also in the engine-building business or have subsidiaries that are.

The companies that produce the airliners which we fly in make a range of “aerospace” products, including:

  • commercial aircraft
  • dedicated cargo planes
  • civilian or military airplanes
  • jet-propelled or propeller aircraft
  • rotary-wing aircraft (helicopters)
  • glider planes
  • satellites and missiles
  • spaceships and capsules
  • security devices (airborne)

The world’s largest passenger aircraft manufacturer is Airbus. Based in Toulouse, France, it is an internationally owned corporation, controlled by France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, employing more than 63,000 people worldwide. Airbus manufactures the world’s largest passenger airplane, the A380, able to carry more than 850 people.

Boeing, founded in 1916 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., and now based in Chicago with 168,421 staff, manufactures the well-known 737, 747, 767, 777, 777X and the new 787 Dreamliner; their planes seat between 100 and 500 passengers. With its sleep upturned tipped wings and extra comfort, the Dreamliner is Boeing’s newest offering, and the airlines are scooping them up.

Smaller companies like Bombardier (the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world) and its competitor, Embraer of Brazil, focus on aircraft that answer to specific commercial needs, and produce a crop of planes that are generally turbo-props, such as the Bombardier Q-400, servicing inter-city travel, not charter r long-haul flights that command jumbo-jets. With 33, 600 employees, Bombardier also makes trains and service aircraft sic as fire-fighting water bombers.

With the technological improvements in all aircraft manufacturing, we can feel safe in the air. Statistics continue to prove that air travel is safer than driving in a car. Aircraft manufacturers have a reputation to uphold, and while any industry has its share of mishaps, the airline manufacturing sectors is strictly governed by not only federal aviation regulations, but their own industry associations that keep a hawk’s-eye on production. They are progressive accountable and constantly making air travel safer and more luxurious.

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