Arconics recently asked the question: “What is the greatest civil aircraft of all time?” We now have an answer.
With over a thousand votes cast in the Arconics online poll, the Boeing 747 – known as ‘the Queen of the Skies’ -flew away with the top honours, with an astonishing 38% of the vote. To put this victory in context, the second-placed aircraft – Concorde – won 14% of votes.
The 747 attracted comments like:
‘The 747 heralded in the new era of commercial aviation and no aircraft has ever been as recognizable as the 747.”
“It’s the best looking aircraft of all times. It’s majestic, powerful, simply amazing. For almost 50 years no one has made an aircraft that could compete with The Queen. President of the USA has been using this aircraft as the Air Force One and that is the best recommendation!”
“Majestic and a synonym for long haul travel and exploring the world.”
The full results are published on the Arconics blog along with an in-depth look at the world’s favourite aircraft.
There were 515 Boeing 747 aircraft in airline service as of July 2016, comprising 19 747-200s, five 747-300s, 394 747-400s, 96 747-8s and a single 747SP. Arconics AeroDocs customer Qatar Airways currently operates two 747-400s.
Our online poll remains open perpetually so that we can analyse changing preferences as more of us get to experience nextgen aircraft.
Arconics is a world leader in enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The company’s products include the market-leading AeroDocs platform for aviation document management. Our electronic flight bag, AeroEFB, has the world’s best pilot document viewer. CloudStore is a powerful, feature-rich wireless IFE platform. Arconics customers include Qatar Airways, Tigerair Australia, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Philippine Airlines. Tens of thousands of pilots, ground managers and cabin crew across five continents depend on Arconics software to operate their fleets safely and efficiently. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with operations in Sydney, Australia.