4 Jet Engine AircraftAircrafts with 4 jet engines
Recognition of 4-engine jet aircraft, tips for aircraft spotter, comparison maps and photos
When the aircraft has four power plants, two under each blade, it must be a Boeing 747, an Airbus 340 or an Airbus A380. This could also be the Antonov 124-100 Ruslan crane, a heavier jack designed for transporting heavier and larger loads and various specialised trucks. The Antonov 225 Mriya is a similar freighter with six power plants and a solid divided stern.
Earlier aircraft such as the Boeing 707, Convair 880/990 and Douglas DC-8 were also driven by four power plants, but are not seen now. Below is a highlighting guidebook that compares the Boeing 747-8F with the Antonov An-124-100, both large-capacity jetliners with four power plants. A further 4-engine underwing aircraft, which was developed for short-haul and local flights and is still in operation, is the BAe-146 / Avro RJ from British Aerospace.
It is designed with a high-wing free-swinging single-plan with T-tail. Altogether 387 of the aircraft were made. A further early four-engine aircraft was the de Havilland DH 106 Comet, the world's first serial aircraft for passenger aircraft. This comet was designed and made by de Havilland and first flown in July 1949.
Its aerodynamic neat styling features four de Havilland Ghost turbojets in the wing, a pressurized body and large quadratic window frames. When the comet was shut down, only three early generations aeroplanes have been preserved, all in the museums' collection. A further early four-engined aircraft was the Ilyushin Il-62, made in Russia.
At the back of the hull two motors were installed on each side. Like the Vickers VC-10, it was another early back square engine aircraft.
Today, the most frequently used aircraft with four jet engine in scheduled traffic are the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A 340.... The Airbus A 380 is also available and is easy to recognise as it is the only fully-fledged double-decker jet today. You will only see the Airbus 380 at one of the major global gateways, such as New York, Miami and LA, as the carriers that fly it come from abroad.
Move your cursor over the left hand side below to mark the image and move down to see pictures of these aircraft types. Boeing 747 has been in operation since 1970 and is loved by both passengers and freighters. Only United and Delta in the United States operate the 747 and several freight carriers, but it is very widespread in other long-haul, high-capacity states.
Airbus took the Airbus A 340 into operation in 1993, but went out of operation in 2011. Lufthansa, Iberia and Swiss International are the biggest carriers. None of the carriers in North America operates the Airbus A-340. Launched in 2007, the Airbus A380 is operated by a dozen carriers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the biggest being Emirates with 48 out of 136 aircraft constructed.
The long-haul double-decker jet is visible over the front of the aircraft at key U.S. hub airport gateways such as JFK and LAX as well as Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Miami. Airbus A380 has a full top decks and a very large span. There is a distinctive form. in the front, mid, back and top cover area.
747 passengers in economies are generally 3-4-3 transverse, while the Airbus A440 is generally 2-4-2 transverse. In addition, the tail of an A 340 is more conical than a 747, so the last 4 row are only 2-3-2.