catholic2006
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Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:24 am

Yeah, I asked this before, but I forgot the answer. . .

So for instance, an airline buys a Boeing 747-400. On here, when I look at pics of that kind of airplane I get Boeing 747-412, Boeing 747-422, Boeing 747-446, Boeing 747-443, Boeing 747-428, Boeing 747-4H6, etc. . .

What is the difference? Are there more seats or different features in the cockpits or something like that?

I've never flown on a 747, and I would really like to in the future (even though that would mean flying across the ocean. . .:'( *tear, tear*). Does everyone like them?

~chris~
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808TWA
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RE: Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:58 am

Hi Chris,

The first digit after the model number is the series (eg -4** series) and the last two digits I believe identifies the airline who made the initial purchase of the aircraft and it's related production differences.

I'm sure others can provide a more detailed response, but this is the simplest explanation.

-Alan
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catholic2006
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RE: Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:04 am

I thought it had something to do with that, thank you!!!

~chris~
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Rwy32R
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RE: Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:07 am

You're right 808TWA

You can find here the "boeing codes" list
http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/
 
Coronado990
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RE: Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:24 am

Oh, I thought it had to do about the personalities of models that don't wear make-up.
Maybe next time...  Wink
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RE: Why Are Plane Models So Complicated?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:56 am

Quoting Catholic2006 (Thread starter):
What is the difference? Are there more seats or different features in the cockpits or something like that?

Well, along with the number identifying the inital airline, it could also mean all what you said. Some airlines want galleys one way. Some what it another. Some want more seats with a different pitch, some want more seat pitch. So no, just because its a 747-400 does not make all a like. BUT, most airlines will go through and make all the changes to make the 'new' aircraft the same as all the rest in their fleet.
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