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Wide-Body (Aircraft) – Glossary Definition

Wide-Body (Aircraft) – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of wide-body? Keep reading to learn the meaning of a wide-body aircraft, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this term!

Wondering about the definition of wide-body? Keep reading to learn the meaning of a wide-body aircraft, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this term!

Airbus A380 Wide-Body Aircraft at Paris Air Show
Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Taken by D. Eledut via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is a Wide-Body Aircraft?

A wide-body aircraft is a larger plane (aircraft) with a row of seats going down the center, along with rows of seats on each side, meaning there are two aisles in the main cabin and three rows of seats.

A wide-body aircraft is also known as a twin-aisle aircraft or dual-aisle aircraft. It is the opposite of a narrow-body (single-aisle) aircraft.

Popular wide-body aircraft include the venerable Boeing 747 and the new Airbus A380. In the A380, because it is so wide, it also becomes taller, as well, giving the A380 enough space inside for an entire upper deck and lower deck.

More on Wide-Body Planes

A wide-body airplane usually has 7 or more seats in a single row, separated into three sections because of the two aisles. Some may be a 2+3+2 configuration for 7 seats, a 2+4+2 configuration for 8 seats, a 3+3+3 configuration for 9 seats, and a 3+4+3 configuration for 10 seats. There have even been a few airlines which cram 11 seats abreast, though these are uncommon (and very unpopular!).

The largest of the wide-body airplanes are colloquially referred to as jumbo jets.

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