These Are the Most Popular Planes in the World

The votes have been cast, the people have spoken -- and Boeing's (NYSE: BA  ) 777 wide-body airliner is officially the most popular plane in the world. Or at least according to Airfarewatchdog.com it is. Last week, AW announced the results of a poll it had conducted among more than 1,000 fliers, asking which of the world's planes they prefer to fly. The results may surprise you.


51st International Paris Air Show, 2013. Source: Paris Air Show.

For all that Boeing's 787 and 737 airliners are ballyhooed as the "fastest selling" and "best selling" airplanes in history, respectively -- they're not the most popular planes among fliers. To the contrary, both the 787 and 737 rank in the bottom half of planes fliers prefer.

So what do fliers prefer? Well, extra aisle seats, for one thing. By rather wide margins, fliers prefer wide-body planes such as Airbus' new behemoth A380, the venerable Boeing 747, and the Boeing 777, over narrower jets. Travelers also appear to value peace and quiet, giving high marks to the A380 for being "much quieter in flight."

But Boeing investors needn't despair. If fliers are slow in warming up to the 787, the plane's spaciousness may eventually win them over. What's more, Boeing planes remain by far the most popular planes in the sky, with nearly three in four respondents polled saying they'd rather travel with Boeing than in competing models from Boeing rivals Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY  ) or Embraer (NYSE: ERJ  ) .

Without further ado, here are the winners.


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  • Report this Comment On August 27, 2013, at 1:09 PM, ATLOODA wrote:

    The B787 is perhaps still too new to have made much of an impact on a significant sampling but the aircraft certainly appears promising. B777 accolades, on the other hand are well deserved.

  • Report this Comment On August 27, 2013, at 3:22 PM, CitizenUSA wrote:

    If it ain't Boeing, I'm not going !!!

  • Report this Comment On August 27, 2013, at 7:57 PM, JEPAFF wrote:

    MF misses the mark almost completely. Boeing doesn't dictate the interior -- airlines do. An incredibly comfortable 737 from Airline X might be an incredibly uncomfortable plane from Airline Y.

    Company now forces us to ride coach overseas. Guess what, United? I'm flying Lufthansa -- the interior configuration is better. And, at 6'4", an extra 2" leg room makes a world of difference. The plane is an identical 747. (Also, to some extent, attitude of flight attendants and understanding of the meaning of "attendant" comes to mind. But I digress.)

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