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Published 4th July 2018

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With over 80 airlines, travelling to over 180 destinations – the aircraft fleets on display at Heathrow are among the most diverse at any airport around the globe. We’ve provided some of the basic details about the aircraft that airlines are using at Heathrow, below. Enjoy!

Airbus A380 – The Superjumbo

The “big bird” of the skies! The A380 is the largest commercial passenger aircraft in the world and is easy to identify by its size, four engines, and twin-deck layout.

The stunning Qantas A380 in front of the Heathrow Airport Control Tower. This photo was taken from atop the Heathrow Airport Fire Service’s stair vehicle. Source: Akbarali Mastan.

Wingspan: 79.75m

Length: 72.72m

Seats: 575

Airlines using the A380 at Heathrow: Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Korean Airlines, Singapore Airlines


Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner series is quickly becoming one of the most popular aircraft for airlines due to a combination of its fuel efficiency, seat capacity and flight range. There are three different models of Dreamliner in use: 787-8, 787-9, and 787-10.

China Southern’s 787 Dreamliner captured by Ian on the day. Source: Ian Schofield.

Wingspan: 60m

Length: 57-68m

Seats: 242-330

Range: 11,910 km – 13,620 km

Airlines using the 787 at Heathrow: British Airways, Qantas, China Southern, Malaysian Airlines, Air Canada, Avianca, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian Airlines


Boeing 777

The Boeing 777 was the third most used aircraft at Heathrow in 2017. It is one of the largest twin-engine aircraft in commercial use in the world. There are two different 777 models: 777-200LR, 300ER.

The Air New Zealand “The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey” livery on a Boeing 777. Photo source: James Mellon

Wingspan: 64.8

Seats: 317-396

Length: 63.7-73.9

Airlines flying the 777 at Heathrow: Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines


Boeing 747 – The Jumbo Jet

The original Jumbo Jet – the Boeing 747 – is one of the most iconic aircraft models in the history of aviation. While the 747 has seen reduced use at Heathrow in recent years it is still used by British Airways and Air Bridge Cargo at heathrow. The aircraft can be easily identified by its partial upper deck at the front of the aircraft and its large size including four engines.

There are two different types of Boeing 747 in use today at Heathrow: 747-400F, 747-800F.

Wingspan:  64.44-68.40m

Length: 70.66-76.30m

Seats: 275-345 (British Airways – 747-400F)

Range: 14,800km

Airlines flying the 747 at Heathrow: Air Bridge Cargo, British Airways


Airbus A350 XWB 

The Airbus A350 /XWB is one of the newest aircraft models to be used at Heathrow and is amongst the cleanest and quietest commercial aircraft ever made. There are two versions of the A350 XWB in use: A350-900, A350-1000.

Wingspan: 64.75m

Seats: 325-366

Range: 15,000km

Airlines flying the A350 at Heathrow: Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Finnair


Airbus A320

The Airbus A320 is the most used aircraft at Heathrow accounting for over 150,00 of the 480,000 flights each year! The A320 is part of a “family” of aircraft including the A319 and A321, while the A320neo is the most modern version.

Source: James Mellon

Wingspan: 35.8m

Length: 37.5m

Airlines using the A320 at Heathrow: British Airways, Air France, Swiss Airlines, Tunis Air, Vueling

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Published 4th July 2018