What is the Fate of Small Narrow-body Aircraft?
Single-aisle or small narrow-body commercial aircraft have played an important role in commercial aviation for many decades. These airplanes have cabins measuring 13-feet or less in width and seat up to six passengers abreast. Wide-bodied airliners like the B-747, DC-10, and L-1011 were workhorses introduced in the late 1960s with two aisles and were configured for up to 7-10 passengers in each row. The largest wide-body passenger airplane in the history, the Airbus A380, carries up to 853 passengers in a single-class configuration. Narrow-body aircraft, however, have been extremely popular in recent years as the principal option for regional transport.