air·​lin·​er | \ -ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

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Newsletter Sign-up Britain no longer makes large commercial airliners, but its aerospace industry is among the country’s biggest exporters, supplying Boeing, Airbus and others. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Airbus CEO Calls Brexit Talks a ‘Disgrace’," 24 Jan. 2019 The company instead will step up its battle with Boeing for a range of smaller jets that make up the bulk of the commercial-airliner... Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "After Dumping the A380, Airbus Bets on Smaller Jets," 10 Mar. 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee has already begun a probe to determine if Boeing and the FAA established adequate pilot-training requirements to ensure the safety of Boeing’s most popular airliner model. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Pilots Take Aim at Instructions for Boeing 737 MAX," 3 Apr. 2019 Fagen recalled how a Secret Service agent, during the chaos of that day, told her to run from her office amid fears a hijacked airliner could be headed toward the White House. Lauren Lee, Fox News, "Women rally in support of Kavanaugh: 'We know the man, we know his heart'," 21 Sep. 2018 A few years later, Iran took the US to court at the ICJ after a US warship shot down an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988, killing all 290 passengers. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The US is tearing up a friendship treaty with Iran you probably didn’t know existed," 3 Oct. 2018 Although most of Europe has yet to blacklist Mahan Air, Germany earlier this week banned the airliner, citing security concerns. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran," 24 Jan. 2019 One possible customer might be Japan Airlines, an early investor in the company, which has an option to buy up to 20 of the 55-seat airliners, which will fly at just over twice the speed of sound: Mach 2.2. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 The Chinese airliner departed Pyongyang first, followed more than an hour later by the Il-62, according to Flightradar24, a flight-tracking service. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Flying Sly: Secretive Kim Jong Un Makes It Hard to Roll Out the Red Carpet," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of airliner

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


air·​lin·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

Kids Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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