PASSENGER JET PLANE DESIGNS OVER 70 YEARS
A brief summary of the changing face of passenger travel over 60 years. In 1950 Britain had the potential of being the world leader in passenger plane travel with the De Havilland Comet, powered by a jet engine capable of flying at an altitude of 30,000ft. Tragically the airframe design was found unable to withstand the pressurisation in the cabin, required to travel at 30,000ft. This resulted in the aircraft being taken out of service, until the design was corrected two years later. View #1 from the menu. In 1970 the Anglo French Concorde provided passengers with the opportunity to travel faster than the speed of sound. Arriving in New York before it left London by GMT. A remarkable achievement, but very few passengers could justify the cost. Ideal for business travel, load factors did not justify the cost. It was withdrawn from service. In 2005 Boeing introduced the 787 Dreamliner with an advance in technology with the use of batteries to contribute to a hybrid power unit. Another advance was incorporating the use of composite technology to lighten the airframe weight. This was a smaller aircraft with a seating capacity of between 232 & 335. EADS introduced the Airbus 380-800 2012, the largest passenger plane ever capable of transporting 525 passengers. The Boeing 747 has been the work horse for group travel for forty years. If has a passenger carrying capacity of between 400 & 600 with an amazing safety record. Boeing have taken the opportunity to build on the 747 successful design to produce a competitor for the EADS Airbus 380-800. This is now entering service in 2015.