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Major Airplane Manufacturers at a Glance

The commercial airline industry is highly competitive and constantly growing. Hundreds of airlines around the world are working to set themselves apart from the rest and fight for your business. While your choice of airline is seemingly limitless, your choice of manufacturer is, by comparison, very slim. It’s no question that the likes of Boeing Company and Airbus rule the skies, but there are still a few more enterprises making themselves known in the aviation industry. This blog will provide a rundown of some of the significant aircraft manufacturers in business today.

You can’t talk about airplane manufacturers without mentioning Boeing and Airbus. These two titans of industry are the world’s sole large passenger aircraft manufacturer. Boeing’s 7 series and the Airbus A-series are in use all the time in every corner of the world. The two have nearly complete control of the worldwide aircraft supply business for large commercial jets, including narrow-body aircraft, wide-body aircraft, and jumbo jets. These two are the unquestioned industry leaders, but a number of other manufacturers play a role in the aviation sector.

Two such manufacturers are United Technologies Corporation and General Electric. Both of these companies manufacture a vast collection of parts and materials used in many aircraft components. In addition to these, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier and Brazilian manufacturer Embraer are leaders in the regional and business airplanes market, both focusing on smaller jets. Newer companies are joining Bombardier and Embraer in the smaller jet market, who are far easier to compete with than Boeing and Airbus. China’s Comac, Japan’s Mitsubishi, and Russia’s UAC have all begun to make their presence known in recent years. In fact, Comac and UAC have embarked on a joint venture creating wide-body jets with the hope of one day making them a serious contender for Airbus and Boeing’s throne.


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