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Wide Body Planes

Read all information on wide body aircraft, including the current models and specifications. 

What is a wide body aircraft?

A wide body aircraft is a wide airplane that has the capacity to carry a large number of passengers. Wide body aircraft are almost always used to operate long haul and medium haul flights but can occasionally be used on shorter flights. 

A widebody aircraft can carry from 200–850 passengers and typically have two aisles per cabin. Wide body aircraft usually have two cabins or more with a combination of one Economy Class cabin and one or more Business Class, First Class or Premium Economy cabins. 

The seat formation for a wide body aircraft will differ depending on the cabin class. In the standard Economy Class cabin, there are usually 7–10 columns of seats, split into three blocks which are separated by two aisles. Seats will typically be laid out in a 2 x 3 x 2, 3 x 3 x 3 or 3 x 4 x 3 configuration. Other cabin classes will have fewer seats, to allow for more room for the passenger.

Take a look at the image below which shows the seat layout for a Boeing 747-400 wide body plane.

Boeing 747-400 seat plan

Credit: TheOtherJesse and Toytoy at English Wikipedia

There are two types of wide body aircraft — standard wide body aircraft and bigger wide body aircraft. The bigger type is referred to as a 'jumbo jet' and is often a double-decker with two floors of seating. 

Wide body aircraft are used both in commercial passengers flights and cargo services by hundreds of airlines worldwide. 

 

Who makes wide body aircraft?

Wide body aircraft are made by a number of different aircraft manufacturers. These include companies such as Airbus, Boeing, CRAIC, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed and Illyushin. 

 

Wide body aircraft comparison chart

Take a look at our tables below to see the different types of wide body aircraft models and the specifications of each model.

 

Currently produced

MANUFACTURER MODEL FIRST PRODUCED CABIN WIDTH ECONOMY CLASS
SEATS PER ROW
SEAT FORMATION SEAT WIDTH
Airbus A330 1994 5.28 m (208") 8 2 x 4 x 2 16.5–18"
Airbus A350 2010 5.61 m (221") 9 3 x 3 x 3 16.5–18"
Airbus A380 2005 6.54 m (281") 10
11
8 (upper deck)
3 x 4 x 3
3 x 5 x 3
2 x 4 x 2 (upper deck)
16.5–18"
Boeing B747 1968 6.10 m (240") 10
9
6 (upper deck)
3 x 4 x 3
3 x 4 x 2
3 x 3 (upper deck)
18"
Boeing B767 1981 4.72 m (186") 7
8
2 x 3 x 2
2 x 4 x 2
18"
Boeing B777 1993 5.86 m (231") 9
10
2 x 5 x 2/3 x 3 x 3
3 x 4 x 3
17–18.5"
Boeing B787 2007 5.49 m (216") 9
8
3 x 3 x 3
2 x 4 x 2
17.2"
Boeing B777X 2019 5.94 m (216") 10 3 x 4 x 3 17.2"
CRAIC CR929 2023 5.61 m (221") 9 3 x 3 x 3 17.9"
Ilyushin IL--96 1992 5.70 m (224") 9 3 x 3 x 3 18"

Previously produced

MANUFACTURER MODEL YEARS PRODUCED CABIN WIDTH ECONOMY CLASS
SEATS PER ROW
SEAT FORMATION SEAT WIDTH
Airbus A300 1974–2007 5.28 m (208") 8
9
2 x 4 x 2
3 x 3 x 3
17.2–18.2"
Airbus A310 1983–1008 5.25 m (208") 8 2 x 4 x 2 17.2"
Airbus A340 1993–2011 5.28 m (208") 8
9
2 x 4 x 2
3 x 3 x 3
16.4"–17.8"
Ilyushin IL-86 1980–1994 5.70 m (224") 9 3 x 3 x 3 18"
Lockheed L-1011 1972–1985 5.77 m (227") 9
10
3 x 4 x 2
3 x 4 x 3
16.5
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 1971–1989 5.69 m (224") 9
10
2 x 4 x 3
3 x 4 x 3
18"
16.5"
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 1990–2001 5.69 m (224") 9
10
2 x 5 x 2
3 x 4 x 3
17.2"

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FAQs

What is the smallest wide body aircraft?

The smallest wide body aircraft in the Boeing B767. The Being B767 is 48.51–61.37 m (159.2–201.3 ft) long, with a cabin width of 4.72 m (186"). The Economy cabin has either 7 or 8 seats per row. 

What is the seat configuration for Business Class on wide body aircraft?

The seat configuration for Business Class on wide body aircraft will differ from plane to plane, but generally, it's set out in a 2 x 3 x 2 or 2 x 2 x 2 configuration.

What is the seat configuration for First Class on wide body aircraft?

The First Class cabin on wide body aircraft is usually set out in 2 x 2 configuration. In rare cases, it might be set out in 1 x 2 or 1 x 1. This will differ depending on the aircraft and airline flown on. 

What is the most popular wide body aircraft?

The Boeing B777 is the most popular wide body plane, based on number of orders. In total, the aircraft has had over 2000 orders. This is more than any other wide body aircraft in history.