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What Is A "Jumbo Jet"  
User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Dont think of this being a "dumbo" question, but what exactly is a jumbo jet? In Europe and Asia it seems to be the Boeing 747 (any series), but quite often in American articles they describe any widebody (B747, D10, M11, AB3, L10, AB6) as a "jumbo jet". So what is it? My feeling is that it used to be the B747, but especially in reports about accidents any big plane is now called jumbo jet because it sounds more dramatic.


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Of course, a Jumbo jet is a 747, its just a nickname for it... But various news sources seem to get mixed up and thus call anything bigger than a 737 a 'jumbo jet'  Laugh out loud.



User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Actually no - the original nickname 'Jumbo Jet' was first applied to the 747 but has since come to represent any high-capacity widebody passenger transport, particularly the L-1011 and DC-10.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

I disagree.

To me, the word "jumbo" signifies "large" or "very large" hence is applicable to any jet-powered aircraft which fits into the "large" category - personally, for practical purposes, I take "large" to mean anything from A330-size upwards (including the 767-400).

Everyone will have their own opinion, and that's mine. Officially, I believe "jumbo jet" can be applied to any "wide-body jet" - for a definition of "wide-body jet", ask someone else!



User currently offlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Everyone will have his or her own interpretations as to what a ‘jumbo jet’ is. As far as I know, the term was coined soon after the first 747-100 was rolled out of the factory in Seattle in ’68. Personally a ‘jumbo jet’ to me is & always will be the 747.  Smile

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

This was exactly what I was thinking last night when watching the C4 Program "Aircrash". It said something like:

"The flight crew boarded their jumbo jet. . . . "
And it was a DC-9! Big grin

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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3432 times:
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There is only aircraft that can be correctly called a 'Jumbo Jet', and that's the 747 (any series). It was the original term used in the aviation industry when the 747 was born, but the media across the world get it wrong on many occasions by describing anything from a 737 to an A310 as a "Jumbo jet".

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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Jumbolino.

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User currently offlineAdmiral ackbar From Canada, joined May 2002, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

To me, only the mighty 747 will ever be the Jumbo Jet.

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User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Everyone will have their own opinion, and that's mine. Officially, I believe "jumbo jet" can be applied to any "wide-body jet" - for a definition of "wide-body jet", ask someone else!
The definition I have always heard is "any two aisle aircraft"...

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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

The term 'jumbo' was attached to the 747 when it came out, cuz it was. Nowadays, it refers to any widebody, that is more than one aisle or more than two rows of seats. The result is a larger airplane, hence a 'jumbo'

The upcoming A380 has been refered to as a 'superjumbo', but it's just a regular definition 'jumbo', sorry.



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

The definition I have always heard is "any two aisle aircraft"...


Aka Wide bodied aircraft  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

Well, as I remember the early 70's when the widebodies first came out, the term "jumbo" meant any widebody (747, DC-10, or L-1011).






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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

Watching planes take off and land as a young child in the early 70s, we called the following planes "jumbo jets"

747
DC-10
L1011

This from my grandfather, who was a career Lockheed man. Perhaps the Lockheed employees used it euphamistically.

Now when the 767 came out, we called it a "widebody" because that's what Boeing and the airlines called it at the time.

I never had much of an opinion on the A300, because I never saw them and didn't know much about them, really until I rode on a CO A300 in 1994. I know i did not refer to it as a jumbo, but i remember thinking it was DC-10 sized, at that time. There really wasn't that much information on Airbus until more recent times, with the advent of the Internet and the appearance of many more Airbii in the USA.



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User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

To me when I hear the term jumbo jet I first think of the 747. However it also can be used for the DC10 L1011 as well and if it is applicable to the A300 330 340and of course the 380 along withethe 767 and 777 and I guess the 7E7.

It seems that through the passage of time that Jumbo Jet has been used more widely than at first.



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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2468 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

In my recollection, all 1st generation American wide-bodies: the 747, DC-10 and L-1011 were ALL referred to as jumbos, though the 747 sported the nickname first. The early A300B2s & B4s were referred to a wide-bodies but not jumbos, I guess because they were smaller than the American planes. The 777 and A330/340 have been referred to lately as 'minijumbos' in Aviation Week articles. The A380 is, of course, a 'superjumbo' as would the 747X Stretch have been had Boeing launched it.

User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Okay, let's make a definition. After all, this where all airline guru's come to voice their opinion.

Here's my definition:

Jumbo Jet (n) 1. The 747, particularly the first model, series 100. 2. Any widebody aircraft where the capacity for passengers exceeds 300 and at least ten passengers abreast seating, but not including all widebody aircraft. Usually has 3 or 4 engines, but may have 2 large engines.

Widebody (n) 1. Any jet aircraft where there are more than one aisles (usually 2)between seats, and more than six seats abreast, including Jumbo Jets. 2. Large aircraft with capacity of greater than 200 and seating is generally configured for more than six abreast. Can have 2, 3, or 4 engines

Mainline Jet (n) Any jet aircraft which is configured for at least five abreast seating and more than 90 passengers in standard configuration. Usually only 2 engines and generally configured for less than 200 passengers.

Regional Jet 1. Any jet aircraft which is configured for four abreast or less and less than 100 passengers in standard configuration, with a few exceptions. Usually only two engines.

Propjet (n) 1. Any turbojet powered aircraft. 2. Turbojet powered aircraft in regional airline service.

Propliner (n) Propellor-driven aircraft, usually turbojet but including piston powered, used in airline service.

Does that work for everyone? Give your suggestions.



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