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Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:37 am

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:06 am

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:59 am

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:39 am



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.
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:00 am



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.
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:59 am

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:00 am

I know for sure the 737 is 1 one.
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:31 pm

I didn't look it up, but my guess might be for . . .

737 all series or

727 all series or

A320/19's
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:38 pm

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:21 am

DC3
DC9
707
747
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:08 am

DC-3
737
A320
DC-9/MD-80/717 family
727
747
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:19 pm

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)
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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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:10 am

this is what it think

1. 737 family
2.DC-10
3.747 family
4.727
5.ERJ 145
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:02 pm

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:37 am



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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:13 pm

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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:35 am



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.
 
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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:33 am

1. Boeing 737 Family
2. Boeing 747 Family
3. Airbus A300
4. Douglas DC-3
5. Airbus A320 Family

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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:24 pm



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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RE: Top 5 Most Popular Airliners Of All Time

Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:12 pm



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.

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