My previous ranking of Boeing jetliners was fun to put together, and the discussion was amusing, even if many people were wrong about the 777, so I’ve decided to do a series of these and maybe even merge them into a big list at the end. Today, we’ll look at planes from Airbus.

Things are a little more complicated here as while Boeing has designated their planes by family, Airbus, and frankly most other manufacturers use much more targeted model numbers. I don’t really want to be telling you which members of the A320 family are best, so I’m just going to group similar models. These groupings are still a bit arbitrary, for example if you look at the A300, A310, A330, and A340, there are obvious similarities between the A300 and A310, A300 and A330, and between the A330 and A340. In each case except the last the differences are clearly less than what you have within the 737 or 747 families. In any event, I’ve broken them up as I’ve seen fit, feel free to argue in the comments if you don’t like my groupings.

So now without further ado, please enjoy this highly scientific ranking of Airbuses.

Photo: Louis Nastro

A340

Sure it’s expensive to fly and maintain, you shouldn’t expect it to be cheap to fly that much awesome around. Unlike other quad engine wide-bodies, the A340 actually looks like it should be capable of flight. It also has exceptionally long range, allowing it to fly between almost any two cities in the world.


Photo: Cathay Pacific/Airbus

A350

The latest from Airbus, it is designed to head to head with the advanced technology of the 787 and 777X, providing a modern, comfortable flying experience.


Photo: Airbus

A318/A319/A320/A321

Airbus’ narrow body A320 family has proven extremely popular competing with Boeing’s mainstay 737 line, and even with the 757, though like the 737, they lack the 757's range and so are generally not used on trans-Atlantic routes. Seats on the a A320 family are often around an inch wider than the seats typically used on the 737 leading to a more comfortable flying experience.


Photo: Arpingstone

A330

The replacement for the A300 has been popular choice for airlines since its introduction.


Photo: clipperarctic

A300/A310

The first Airbus, the A300 gathered Western Europe’s struggling aviation industry together to build a real competitor in the widebody space. The shortened and lightened A310 competed in the same small two-aisle space as the 767.


A380

The world’s largest passenger plane, boasts exceptional range, extreme comfort (if you can afford it), madhouse 10, and even 11 abreast seating (if you instead fly coach), high operating costs, and is an exceptionally ugly and ungainly looking plane.