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Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time  
User currently offlineWeirdLinguist From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 44 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9987 times:

What are the top 5 most produced airliners? The 737 is in all likelyhood #1. But what about the rest? A320 - #2?

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User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9912 times:

A320-family is easily #2. I believe sales are north of 5,000 now and looks to continue, perhaps in an NG form with the P&W geared turbofan.

#3-5 are I would guess at DC-9/ND-90/90/95 family, Boeing 727, and Boeing 747.



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User currently offlineJustlump From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9802 times:
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Don't forget the DC-3, thousands built and many were flown for decades.
#2 737 Family
#3 A320 Family
#4 747 Family
#5 Tie: DC-9 and the 707.


User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9764 times:

Amazing, I was going to post something about the DC-3 then checked wikipedia and it says only 607 were built for commercial service. The overall total produced was 16,079 though, but not all of those were for civilian use. I doubt I'll ever know how much cargo I put in DC-3's though, they are workhorses.

After that I check wiki, obviously not the best source, but it does say #1 737 #2 A320.



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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9627 times:



Quoting Canoecarrier (Reply 3):
Amazing, I was going to post something about the DC-3 then checked wikipedia and it says only 607 were built for commercial service. The overall total produced was 16,079 though, but not all of those were for civilian use. I doubt I'll ever know how much cargo I put in DC-3's though, they are workhorses.

A huge number of ex military C-47's then found themselves sold as surplus to the civilian market as DC-3's, the differences between a military C-47 and civilian DC-3 were very minor.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9567 times:



Quoting GST (Reply 4):
Quoting Canoecarrier (Reply 3):
Amazing, I was going to post something about the DC-3 then checked wikipedia and it says only 607 were built for commercial service. The overall total produced was 16,079 though, but not all of those were for civilian use. I doubt I'll ever know how much cargo I put in DC-3's though, they are workhorses.

A huge number of ex military C-47's then found themselves sold as surplus to the civilian market as DC-3's, the differences between a military C-47 and civilian DC-3 were very minor.

Same thing with the DC-4. Relatively few were built as true DC-4s. Most were converted from military C-54s.


User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9542 times:

737s should surely be 1
2: A320 family
3: maddogs/717's
4:747
5:707?


Honestly im not sure though.



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9529 times:

I know for sure the 737 is 1 one.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9492 times:
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I didn't look it up, but my guess might be for . . .

737 all series or

727 all series or

A320/19's


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9280 times:

If by "popular" we mean number of airframes built, let us not forget the Antonov An-2. Though the exact number built is not known, more than 10,000 left assembly lines in Ukraine, Poland, and China.


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User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9067 times:

DC3
DC9
707
747
Concorde



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User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9006 times:
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DC-3
737
A320
DC-9/MD-80/717 family
727
747



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User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8993 times:

Well, we have the IL14 with over 3700 built. And by that beating the 707, 727, 747 and the DC-9 family by a good margin. Both the TU154, AN-24 and Let410 are built in greater numbers than the 707. And to look at western airliners again we have the DHC-8 family witch also beats the 707 and will eventually pass the 747 i think.

So by my calculation (and the numbers from Wikipedia) the list should look something like this:

1 AN-2 (18.000)
2 DC-3 (16.000)
3 737 (6000)
4 320 (4000)
5 IL-14 (3700)
.
6 DC-9 (2500)
7 727 (1800)
8 747 (1400)
9 AN-24 (1367)
10 L410 (1138)
11 DCH-8 (1018)
12 TU154 (1015)
13 707 (1010)



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User currently offline76794p From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8853 times:

this is what it think

1. 737 family
2.DC-10
3.747 family
4.727
5.ERJ 145



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6436 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8760 times:

But what if you broke it up into series?

727-200 beats 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, not sure about 73G

In this respect, I think A320-200 is the winner.



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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8729 times:

In terms of sales of jet airliners from the modern era I make it:

1.Boeing 737 series - 8,000+

2.Airbus A320 family - 6,000+

3.Boeing 727 - 1,831

4.Boeing 747 - 1,500+

5.MD-80 series - 1,191

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 12):
6 DC-9 (2500)

Are you sure? I got 976 sales for the DC-9.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8706 times:



Quoting DYflyer (Reply 12):
12 TU154 (1015)

Tupolev skipped cn 606 to 700 so 'only' 920 have been built.

If you bundle the DC-9 family (MD-80, MD-90, 717) together, you might as well count the Convair twins (1066 built) and DC-6/7 (1050 built) as these came from the same production line as well.



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User currently offlineBoeingfever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8676 times:

Hurray for the 737 series as the Champion to beat in the past and present! Until Boeing shelves her and replaces her she is the Queen of Sales!

Airbus A320 family I believe is a close 2nd!  trophy 



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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8652 times:



Quoting Boeingfever777 (Reply 17):
Hurray for the 737 series as the Champion to beat in the past and present!

Yes truly amazing.

Quoting Boeingfever777 (Reply 17):
Airbus A320 family I believe is a close 2nd!

Thats true and quite remarkable really when you think that they currently have 6,368 orders for A320 family aircraft which first entered service in 1988 IIRC.


User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8627 times:
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1. Boeing 737 Family
2. Boeing 747 Family
3. Airbus A300
4. Douglas DC-3
5. Airbus A320 Family

Gerard



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User currently offlineBoeingfever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8610 times:



Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 15):
Quoting DYflyer (Reply 12):
6 DC-9 (2500)

Are you sure? I got 976 sales for the DC-9.

Were did you get 2,500? Between 1965 - 1982 (976) were built.

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 12):
2 DC-3 (16.000)

Also I could have swore that at least (10,000+) of these were military transport not commercial used.



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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8604 times:



Quoting Boeingfever777 (Reply 20):
Were did you get 2,500? Between 1965 - 1982 (976) were built.

Yes he must be mistaken....I have checked it and its 976.


Here is the top 10 of modern day jetliners ....as of 30 July 2009 based on sales.

1.Boeing 737 series - 8,217

2.Airbus A320 family - 6,638

3.Boeing 727 - 1,831

4.Boeing 747 - 1,523

4.MD-80 series - 1,191

5.Boeing 777 - 1,106

6.Boeing 757 - 1,049

7.Boeing 767 - 1,036

8.Airbus A330 - 1,022

9. Boeing 707 - 1,010

10.DC-9 series - 976

I am pretty sure that is the correct list.

Rgds


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