5 Biggest Aircraft Manufacturing Companies
People love to travel. We love to ride different types of aircraft from designated airlines of our location and destinations. However, did it ever cross your mind to thank not only the airlines who brought you to your dreamland or homeland but also those aircraft manufacturing companies who made those aircraft and turned airports and airlines to a form of travel business?
In this article, we will talk about the 5 Biggest Aircraft Manufacturing Companies. Join me as we appreciate their contributions to our daily ‘travelling’ lives. Please be noted that the list is not arranged by ranks of highest to least, but by alphabetical order.
It is always a close fight between Airbus and Boeing, but for the sake of this list, A is for Airbus and it will be the first on our list. Airbus is based in Europe with its headquarters in Toulouse, France and was established on December 18, 1970. In United States alone these are the following airlines who have an Airbus in their fleet: Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Spirit, jetBlue, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. Not only airlines, but also cargo and express operators such as Federal Express and United Parcel Service had selected Airbus as their aircraft manufacturer.
Revenue: 67 Billion USD (2014)
The largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. They also design and manufacture rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing is based in USA with its headquarters in Chicago, IL, United States and was established on July 15, 1916. We got to admit that Boeing is actually a leading aircraft manufacturer. Here is a list of some customers: Alaska Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Federal Express, Garuda Indonesia, Icelandair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Parcel Service. To get the list of all of the airlines-customers of Boeing, click here.
Revenue: 90.78 billion USD (2014)
The global transportation company which operates two kinds of businesses: Aerospace and Rail Transportation. In the Aerospace category, they are the world’s third largest civil aircraft manufacturer. Bombardier is based in Canada with its headquarters in Dorval, Quebec and was established in 1942, present in over 60 countries on 5 continents. Here is some list of airlines that use Bombardier aircraft in their fleet: Lufthansa, Gulf Air, Odyssey Airlines, Korean Air, PrivatAir, Iraqi Airways, airBaltic and Swiss Global Air Lines as the most recent customer. The world’s most comprehensive aircraft manufacturer’s passion is to look far ahead and shape the future of mobility.
Revenue: 10.5 billion USD (2014)
Now let us meet the Brazilian rival of Bombardier, this is like the close competition between Airbus and Boeing. Embraer as mentioned is based in Brazil with its headquarters in São José dos Campos, São Paulo and was founded on August 19, 1969. Here is a list of airlines that use Embraer aircraft in their fleet: Air Canada, Alitalia, Flybe, Finnair, Kenya Airways, KLM, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Astana, Copa Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and US Airways. With their E-jet products several countries were able to provide secondary markets that offer lower fares, which means making a major contribution to travellers who can afford bigger aircraft for travel to still set foot on an aircraft.
Revenue: 20.9 billion USD (2014)
When it comes to business either what sort, the Russian will always be part of the list since the Russians are known to be born competitive. Yes, Tupolev is a Russian aerospace and defense company which is headquartered in Moscow and was founded in 1922. If in case you are wondering what does Tupolev mean, it’s actually the last name of the founder Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev. Let me share with you a list of airlines that consist of Tupolev in their fleet: Air Koryo, Air Kyrgyzstan, Belavia and Kosmos Airlines. To see the other list of airlines and former civil operators, click here.
The capabilities of Tupolev don’t only focus on airline travelling business development, but also overhaul for both civil and military aerospace products such as aircraft and weapons systems. It is also active with missile and naval aviation technologies. More than 18,000 Tupolev aircraft were produced for the USSR and the Eastern Bloc.
Revenue: 55.982 million RUB (2014)
These Aircraft Manufacturing giants had brought a lot of major contributions to our travelling needs. Thanks to them air transportation was made easier and efficient. I hope this article was helpful. Feel free to share a topic you want to be written on TravelObservers.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to fly with one of these airlines mentioned, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com or Expedia.com.