Airliner Spotter

Chart showing the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 XWB side-by-side

With the wide variety of jet airliners serving the worldwide travel market today, identification of individual aircraft manufacturers and planes can be a bit tricky.

Included on this website are guides to spotting and identifying the common jet airliners of today.

This website provides spotting guides and recognition tips for identifying the airliners of the major companies engaged in aviation manufacturing today: Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier.

Side-by-side comparison charts and photographs help identify airliner manufacturer, individual models, and unique design characteristics.

Check your knowledge at our Spotting Quiz. Then get started with our Jet Airliner Spotting Guide.

And recognizing the importance of early jetliners, we include information on classic jetliners such as the 707, DC-8, Convair 880/990, and L-1011. However, our focus on this site is not with turboprops, business jets or military aircraft.

See you at the end of the runway!

Jet Airliners
Spotting guide for Boeing jet airliners

The success of the 707 made Boeing the leader in commercial airliners, and led to a popular family of jetliners introduced over the years: the 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and the 787.

One can spot a Boeing jet airliner in nearly any airport in the world. They share similar external characteristics, but identifying one from another can be difficult.

Boeing Jet Airliner Spotting»

Spotting guide for Airbus airliners

The A300 was the world's first twin-engined widebody airliner, and the first produced by Airbus. It was stretched into the A330  and A340, and shortened to the A310.

The popular Airbus A320 is a short-to-medium range, twin-engine airliner. The A350 XWB is now in service, and the A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

Spotting Airbus airliners »

Airbus - Boeing
Spotting differences in Boeing and Airbus airliners

There are easily over twenty models of jet airliners in use by airlines around the world today, plus variations and modified versions. Many of these airliners are from Boeing and Airbus.

View our spotter's guide to common Boeing and Airbus airliners.

Compare Airbus-Boeing Airliners »

Airliner Spotting
Spotting tips for jet airliners of today

Spotting the large number of airliners in service around the world and identifying their manufacturer and model can be difficult.

Included on this website is a quick and easy guide to spotting 2, 3, and 4 engine jet airliners.

Let's get started ...

Jet Liner Spotting Guide»


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