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The Hot Debate Between Airbus and Boeing
Boeing and Airbus are top competitors in the airline industry. Putting the companies and their top planes side-by-side, here�۪s a breakdown of where each one stands.
1970 Boeing�۪s 747 was already in production
1916 taking on the current name in 1917
Chicago Illinois, USA
311 2000 489
534 2011 477
Orders at the Paris Airshow
466/600 worth $69b 2012 382/600 worth $60b
466/600 worth 68.7b 2013 442/600 worth $66b
Airbus A380 ���Superjumbo�
Boeing 747-8I ���Queen of the Skies�
$399 million $351 million
Airbus A380 Passengers 852
Boeing 747 Passengers 467
Length 238 feet, Wing Span 261.7 feet
Length 250 feet, Wing Span 224.6 feet
70,000 lbs of thrust
66,500 lbs of thrust
Cruising speed 647 mph, top speed 669 mph
Cruising speed 650 mph, top speed 654 mph
9,756 miles in the air. About the distance from Perth, Australia to San Francisco, USA
11,443 miles in the air. About the distance from Lima, Peru to Hong Kong
Hong Kong San Francisco
Cracked wings- Though operation isn�۪t affected by the problem, these planes have had a great deal of trouble with cracks in the wings.
Engine Failure- A string of General Electric engine failures created the need for close inspections of all Boeing 787 aircraft.