How much is Airbus worth

Top 10 - The most expensive passenger aircraft in the world

It is not only the size that is decisive for the price of a passenger aircraft, factors such as fuel efficiency and range also play an important role. How much money actually ends up being over the counter is a closely guarded secret between manufacturers and customers. The aircraft manufacturers give list prices to which FLUG REVUE refers in the following, but the prices actually paid deviate significantly downwards from this in some cases.

The market for very large aircraft is shared by Airbus and Boeing. The largest European aircraft manufacturer is in fierce competition with the US competition. In the top group of the most expensive passenger aircraft, Airbus has made up ground here in recent years.

Data as of January 15, 2018 after Airbus published the new prices for 2018. These are around two percent above the previous year's level.

10th place: 296.4 million euros

The first Airbus A330-900 is to go to the Portuguese TAP in spring 2018. Photo and Copyright: Airbus.

Airbus A330-900

Airbus announced the A330neo program in July 2014. Neo stands for “new engine option”, a reference to the new Trent 7000 engines from Rolls-Royce. Among other things, by optimizing the engine, a fuel saving of 14 percent should be possible compared to the previous model. The first aircraft of the new type are due to be delivered in spring 2018.

• Passengers: 440 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Engine: Rolls-Royce Trent 7000
• Span: 64 m
• Length: 63.66 m
• Height: 16.79 m
• Maximum take-off weight: 242,000 kg
• Cruising speed: Mach 0.86
• Range: 12130 km

9th place: 312.8 million euros

The 787-10 is the longest model in the family. Photo and Copyright: Boeing.

Boeing 787-10

At the end of March 207 the double-stretched version 787-10 of the Dreamliner flew for the first time at Boeing in North Charleston. The additional hull mass is compensated for by taking less fuel with you. The 787-10 is therefore a specialist for medium-sized routes with very high demand. The longest Dreamliner version has a range of 11,910 kilometers.

• Passengers: 440 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Powerplant: Trent 1000 Ten / GEnx1B76
• Wingspan: 60.17 meters
• Length: 68.27 meters
• Height: 17 meters
• Maximum takeoff mass: 254011
• Cruising speed: Mach 0.85
• Range: 11910 km

8th place: 317.4 million euros

Finnair was the first European operator of the A350. Photo and Copyright: Airbus.

Airbus A350-900

The Airbus A350-900 was developed to compete with the Boeing 777 and 787 models. In addition to lower kerosene consumption, the aircraft model is also significantly quieter than the four-engine A340-300, which was located in this size range. The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce turbofans of the Trent XWB type.

• Passengers: 440 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Engine: Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
• Span: 64.75 m
• Length: 66.90 m
• Height: 17.05 m
• Wing area: 443.0 m²
• Empty weight: 130,700 kg
• Maximum take-off weight: 268,000 kg
• Cruising speed: 902 km / h / Mach 0.85
• Range: 15000 km / 8099 nm

7th place: 320.7 million euros

The Boeing 777-200 LR is a special version for ultra long haul flights. Photo and Copyright: Boeing.

Boeing 777-200LR

The LR on the Boeing 777-200LR stands for “Longer Range”: The aircraft, which is closely related to the 777-300ER, achieves an enormous range of almost 17,000 kilometers. This is made possible by a shorter fuselage with a similar take-off mass and optional additional tanks. However, the sales figures have weakened in recent years.

• Passengers: 440 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Drive: GE90-110B1 / GE90-115B
• Span: 64.80 m
• Length: 63.73 m
• Height: 18.49 m
• Wing area: 427.8 m²
• Empty weight: 145.145 kg.
• Maximum take-off weight: 347815 kg
• Cruising speed: Mach 0.84
• Range: 16,945 km

6th place: 347.1 million euros

The Boeing 777-300ER is used on long-haul and ultra-long-haul flights. Photo and Copyright: United Airlines.

Boeing 777-300ER

The twin-engine long-haul aircraft 777-300ER is a best seller at Boeing. ER stands for "Extended Range". For many customers, the decisive factor in their purchase is the high level of fuel efficiency. With the Airbus A350-1000, the Franco-German aircraft manufacturer is competing with the Americans in the lucrative market.

• Passengers: 550 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Engine: GE Aviation GE90-115BL
• Span: 64.80 m
• Length: 73.86 m
• Height: 18.57 m
• Wing area: 427.8 m²
• Empty weight: 167825 kg
• Maximum take-off weight: 345050 kg
• Cruising speed: Mach 0.84
• Range: 11556 km

5th place: 366.5 million euros

With a length of 66.89 meters, the 1000 model is the longest version of the A350 XWB. Photo and Copyright: Airbus.

Airbus A350-1000

The A350-1000 is the longest version of the Airbus A350 XWB. The namesake engines Trent-XWB from Rolls-Royce are the most powerful engines that are installed at Airbus. The long-haul aircraft has a range of 14,800 kilometers.

• Passengers: 440 (max.)
• Drive: Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
• Span: 64.75 m
• Length: 66.89 m
• Height: 17.08 m
• Wing area: 370 m²
• Maximum take-off weight: 308,000 kg
• Cruising speed: 910 km / h
• Range: 14350 km

4th place: 379.2 million euros

A striking detail of the 777X aircraft are the flip-up wings. Photo and Copyright: Boeing.

Boeing 777-8

The Boeing 777-8 is the little sister of the 9 series in the 777X family. In addition to the GE9X engines, the wing concept is the biggest innovation in the Boeing model. The structure is made of carbon fiber composite material and with a wingspan of 71.8 meters is the largest wing that Boeing has ever built.

• Passengers: 375 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Powerplant: GE9X
• Wingspan: 71.8 m (in flight) / 64.8 m (on the ground)
• Length: 69.8 m
• Height: 19.5 m
• Range: 16,110 km

3rd place: 386.8 million euros

The Jumbo Jet Boeing 747-8 is the longest passenger aircraft in the world. Photo and Copyright: Boeing.

Boeing 747-8

The 747-8 is the fifth generation of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. At 76.25 meters, the model is currently the longest passenger aircraft in the world. The GEnx engines from General Electric on the 747-8 were completely new. Due to an exclusive contract between Boeing and GE Aviation, the 747-8 is only equipped with this type of engine.

• Passengers: 605 (max.)
• Drive: four turbofans
• Engine: GE Aviation GEnx
• Span: 68.40 m
• Length: 76.25 m
• Height: 19.56 m
• Wing area: 554.0 m²
• Empty weight: 211,690 kg
• Maximum take-off weight: 442250 kg
• Payload: 76,340 kg
• Cruising speed: 910 km / h
• Range: 14816 km / 8000 nm


2nd place: 408.8 million euros

The 777-9 is the larger of the two models in the 777X family. Photo and Copyright: Boeing.

Boeing 777-9

The 777X is to be the largest and most powerful twin-engine transport jet in the world. Boeing advertises "with 12 percent less consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs" compared to the competition. The 777-9 is the larger of the two models in the 777X family. The folding wing tips are a striking detail of the models. They make it possible to reduce the enormous span of the aircraft type on the ground by seven meters.

• Passengers: 425 (max.)
• Propulsion: two turbofans
• Powerplant: GE9X
• Wingspan: 71.8 m (in flight) / 64.8 m (on the ground)
• Length: 76.73 m
• Height: 19.53 m
• Maximum take-off weight: 351534 kg
• Range: 16,110 km

1st place: 445.6 million euros

The largest and most expensive passenger aircraft is the Airbus A380. Photo and copyright: Lufthansa.

Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is not only the largest passenger aircraft in the world, but also the most expensive. The list price for the four-engine long-haul jet is 445.6 million euros (2017: 436.9 million euros), well above the price of the competing models. However, the enormous volume of the A380 is also significantly higher than that of its competitors: there is space for up to 853 passengers in the aircraft.

• Passengers: 853 (max.)
• Drive: four turbofans
• Engine Alliance GP7200 or Rolls-Royce Trent 900
• Span: 79.80 m
• Length: 72.80 m
• Height: 24.10 m
• Wing area: 845 m²
• Empty weight: 270015 kg
• Maximum take-off weight: 560000 kg
• Payload: 90 985 kg
• Cruising speed: 902 km / h
• Range: 14816 km / 8000 nm with 525 passengers