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Airbus was established in 1970 as a European consortium of French, German and later, Spanish and U.K companies, as it became clear that only by co-operating would European aircraft manufacturers be able to compete effectively with the U.S. giants. By overcoming national divides, sharing development costs, collaborating in the interests of a greater market share, and even agreeing a common set of measurements and a common language, Airbus changed the face of the business, and brought airlines, passengers and crews the benefits of real competition.  Airbus planes are usually a smooth, rounded shape.


 

Boeing was established in 1917 and have made many planes including the very famous 747 Jumbo Jet and the DC-10. Boeing has an excellent safety record and has lots of airlines wanting to buy planes from them.  Boeing now has competition from Airbus as Airbus are creating a super jumbo called the A380 - a double storey plane with 49% more floor space and 35% more seats than the 747-400.

 

The Dehavilland Dash 8-300 is a 50 seater prop plane which has a maximum cruising speed of 532 km/h.  It is powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney PW 123 B Turboprop Engines.  Its maximum flying altitude is 25000 to 27000 ft.