Air transport entered a new era half a century ago when airframers created a step-change in size and capacity with the first generation of twin-aisles, of which the Boeing 747 was only the first.

9,683

The number of widebody airliners delivered globally, according to Cirium fleets data

1,638

Total Boeing 777 deliveries to date, making it the most popular widebody type

2022

When production of the world’s first widebody, the Boeing 747, is finally due to end

NEW dc-10-in-flight-c-FG archive+McDonnell Douglas-resized

Source: FlightGlobal

McDonnell Douglas beat its rival Lockheed into the air when the DC-10 flew in August 1970, three months before the TriStar

How widebodies caused a revolution in aviation