Airbus A350 Và Boeing 787

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These two aircraft are the two most modern designs lớn enter the market in the last decade. Even the most jaded AvGeek will get excited at the prospect of a trip on the Dreamliner or the A350. They’re made by two different plane makers: Boeing và Airbus, respectively.

Each is gorgeous in its own right, from an aesthetic & design perspective sầu.

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A nhật bản Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner arrives at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 2, năm ngoái. (Photo by Christoph Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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The A350: Two Models


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An Airbus A350-900 at the 2017 Dubai Air Show. (Pholớn by Alberto lớn Riva/The Points Guy)

Related: How khổng lồ tell the new A350s apart

The A350 comes in two models, the 900 và the 1000. The 1000 Mã Sản Phẩm is longer than the 900 — but length is difficult lớn gauge unless you’re comparing them side by side. Like the Boeing 777, the A350-1000 features three sets of two wheels on the main landing gear. In contrast, the A350-900 has only two sets of two wheels, lượt thích the Dreamliner. That’s the easiest way lớn spot the difference between the 900 & the 1000.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Three Models

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Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, aptly named G-VNEW. (Image courtesy Virgin Atlantic)

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes in three different models, the -8, -9 và -10. The difference between the aircraft is simply the length, with the 787-10 being 38 feet longer than the 787-8. The easiest way khổng lồ tell the difference? The Boeing 787-10 has more windows between the wing and the cockpit than the 787-8 or -9.

Related: What are the different types of Dreamliners?

The Wingtips

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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900 aircraft lands at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on July 2, 20đôi mươi. (Phokhổng lồ by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The easiest way to lớn spot the A350 in the wild? Their beautiful, stark upward-curving wingtips. From the side profile, you can tell they are upward curving, but the curve looks subtle. Head-on, however, they have sầu a very distinctive curvature. In this way, they almost create an optical illusion: all of a sudden — wđam mê — và that wingtip has a sharp curve upwards. The point, of course, is khổng lồ reduce wingtip vortices.

In contrast, the Boeing 787 has raked wingtips. Boeing designed a wing so aerodynamically efficient that the added weight of winglets or wingtips would outweigh the fuel savings from reducing vortices. Still, the Boeing 787 wing is unique, particularly when gazing out at it from inside the airplane, or from head-on. They seem lớn trail upwards và backwards just so.

Related:First look inside Air France’s Airbus A350

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(Pholớn by JIMMOYHT/Shutterstock)

The Nose

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(Pholớn by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto lớn via Getty Images)

The nose of the Dreamliner is very modern looking, & makes a sleek upward curve sầu lớn the fuselage. It looks lượt thích an airplane version of a bullet train. In contrast, the A350 is less sharp; indeed, it is “derived from the A380,” Airbus says, & even underwent a nose job during the thiết kế phase khổng lồ increase the radius near the top of the fuselage.

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Related: Why pilots love sầu the Dreamliner

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A Qatar Airways A350 in the sky. (Photo lớn by Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock)

The Cockpit Windows

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner shot for Boeing.

From the front, count the windows. The Boeing 787 is unique among mỏi wide-bodied aircraft; it has only four sleek cockpit windows, an innovation from Boeing in terms of weight reduction.

Not khổng lồ be outdone, when the A350 was released, Airbus’ sale materials showed a sleekly curved cockpit window that looked like a single piece of glass — something designed but never implemented in the actual aircraft. In reality, six windows form a “frowning brow,” or a squiggly letter “m,” và the windows themselves are surrounded by a blachồng border. To match the sale materials, Leeđắm đuối News says that Airbus surrounded the cockpit windows with a painted blachồng border. Leeđam mê also speculates that because the windows are changed from the outside, the black border helps prevents dings lớn the aircraft livery. This border is referred khổng lồ as its “raccoon eyes.”

Related: Air France boosting its orders of A350s

And it’s becoming an Airbus identifier. The A320neo và A330neo also have raccoon eyes. As more of these aircraft come online, the cockpit windows will help you determine whether the aircraft is an Airbus or a Boeing, but not between variants such as the A350 and A330 in particular, which look similar in this regard.

In a word, the cockpit windows on the A350 are badass.

The Engine Nacelle

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A close-up view of the engine và landing gear of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The Boeing 787 sports the GEnx engine, và the nacelle has a sawtooth pattern on the rear portion, called chevrons. The point is to lớn reduce noise and eliminate excess sound insulation. Other than the raked wings themselves, this is the easiest way lớn spot a Boeing 787 in the wild.

The Name is On The Dreamliner

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The tail of a United Dreamliner. (Pholớn by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

At the back of the fuselage, the word Dreamliner is printed prominently. I wish other Boeing aircraft would vì the same. It seems lượt thích an easy kinh doanh exercise for Boeing, but the airlines also want lớn control the look & feel of their own livery, và likely do not want to lớn blatantly advertise for their makers.

A350Distinct, upward-curving wingtips“Raccoon eyes” cockpit windowsA350-1000 has three sets of two wheels for main landing gear
Boeing 787Serrated engine nacellesBullet train-like sleek noseWings that curve sầu up more than mostFour cockpit windows as opposed khổng lồ six on every other aircraft

Related: reviews of an Air France A350 flight

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A British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhokhổng lồ via Getty Images)

If you want more AvGeek coverage check out our other posts on identifying aircraft in the “wild”: How khổng lồ tell commercial aircraft apart,how khổng lồ tell Boeing 757s, 767s & 777s apart, how khổng lồ tell Boeing 747s apart, & how to tell Airbus A330s & A340s apart.

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A Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner chạy thử plane is presented on the tarmac of Le Bourget on June 18, 2017, on the eve of the opening of the International Paris Air Show. (Eric Piermont, AFPhường via Getty Images)

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