CHANGES OF THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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The 70s was the time of the big introduction of different aircrafts into the commercial market. The introduction of the Douglas DC10s, Lockheed L1011 Tristars and Boeing 747s, which replaced the Boeing 707s and DC8-63s, were flying the long routes at that time. Also, the 70s was in charge of receiving the new generation of jet airliners that will be used for longer and shorter routes such as the Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus 300, which are still members of our jets that are flying today’s industry. These jets not only add space to the aircraft, but they also brought color to the industry with their fuselage painted in different colors and logos. Then, the Concorde Super Sonic Transport arrived, which started flying in 1974 from Europe. Air France and British Airways were the only airlines that could afford this aircraft as part of their fleet.

Boeing 717-200
Boeing 717.  Image from afriqonline.com.

Antonov An-26.  Image from afriqonline.com.
Antonov An-26

The 80s brought with then the computer technology to the life of the jets. Aircraft that were built in the 60s and 70s were taken out of used by the airlines, and they were replaced with MD -80s, Boeing 737-300s and Airbus A310s. The older version of aircraft were sold or leased to new charter airlines to be used in charter flight with a shorter range of distance. The decade of the 80s was also the last time that “Fokker,” which was one of the most important aircraft in the history.

Airbus A320

During the 90s the competition between airline manufactures was increasing heavily, which led to the partnerships of a lot of the manufactures companies. For example, the manufacturers of McDonnell-Douglas merged with the manufacturers of Boeing to compete with the European Aircraft manufacturers. The manufacturers of the “Fokker,” which were Dutch stop exporting their equipment during this decade. Airline History's Web site will give a wide overview of the types of airplanes that existed by decades.www.airlines.afriqonlince.com
Along with all these changes of three decades not only the names changed and the type of aircrafts. The shape of each on of them changed, also the amount of seats inside the cabin were increased as well as the shape of the inside cabin. The overhead bin was one of the biggest changes of the cabin from the 70s compared to the 90s. Before, overhead compartments did not have lid and luggages were stored unsafe for the passenger and the crew members. However, airplanes did not fly at the same altitude that they do now, which explains why nobody thought about luggage flying around the cabin during turbulence.

Boeing 747-400