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Topic Reading-Vol.3158-12/3/2020

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2020/12/03 Topic Reading-Vol.3158-12/3/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Smaller long-haul planes are the future of flying — but also its past

Even if you aren’t so familiar with passenger aircraft, you probably notice if there are one or two aisles in the aircraft when you get onboard. An aircraft that has two aisles is called a wide-body aircraft whose fuselage is wide enough to accommodate two passenger aisles with seven to ten seats. Because of the size, it offers more space for passengers, carry-on baggage, and cargo space as well as fuel tanks to fly a longer distance. Boeing’s 747, 777, and 787, and Airbus’s A380, 350, and 330 are some of the most widely used examples. If you take a long-haul flight or fly between major hub airports, you probably have a chance to get a seat on one of them.

On the other hand, a narrow-body, or single-aisle aircraft is a passenger aircraft that has only one aisle with three to six seating in a row. Turboprops and small-to-medium size jets, like Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’s A320 are the most popular aircraft of this category. They are usually used for shorter flights up to four to five hours with fewer passengers because of the size capacity. Many of low-cost carriers, or LCC, use this type of aircraft and fly between non-major airports. It had not been designed to offer comfort to the passengers for a long-haul flight until recently. But the Airbus A321XLR, the most recent member of the A321neo family, can fly as long as 10 hours which could fly from Paris to Beijing!

Will the airline’s economy work for passengers’ economy and comfort?

Enjoy reading the article and learn about what wide and narrow means to airliners.

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