At one point and time, these jetliners were the worlds largest jetliners. The DC-8 had the honor until Boeing built the 747. The B747 had this honor until Airbus built the A380. It will be interesting to see what displace the A380 from this honor.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 21479 posts, RR: 60
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Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter): It will be interesting to see what displace the A380 from this honor. Big grin
I think it will be a while on the A380 because the issue is that the world will have to re-design to accommodate a larger plane.
I'm not saying that is the last plane of its capacity, but what is likely is that future planes of that capacity will be a bit smaller and lighter, much like the A350 is smaller and lighter than the 777
If you think about it, the 747 (and all other aircraft which have been around for some time) went through a number of variations through it's life cycle to the -400 (and upcoming -8), each with boosts/changes in performance, capability and efficiency. I wouldn't be surprised if the aircraft that usurps the current A380 is simply a future A380 which is larger in design (assuming such a day ever comes).
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Only one slight problem-neither the AN225 or the AN124 are, ever were, or ever will be airliners. They are heavy lift military transports, and if you include them, you need to include the C-5A which would totally obliterate the 747 from the list, as it is larger and has been flying longer.
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