air·​lin·​er | \ -ˌlī-nər \

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

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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 The airline, which ran up a huge debt during its thirty years in flight before ultimately being liquidated, is partnering with stalwart African airliner Ethiopian to get off the ground. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Zambia is Relaunching its National Airline," 21 Aug. 2018 The success of the airliner could influence flight costs for both Southwest and competing airlines; and if Southwest's prices go down, the rest tend to follow. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "New Boeing 737 Max hits the skies. How its performance could impact flights to Hawaii | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 The board urged the Federal Aviation Administration to develop new inspections for airliner engines to find internal disk cracks. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Rare manufacturing flaw sparked fiery American Airlines engine failure," 30 Jan. 2018 There's plenty of data to tap regarding machine learning aboard the modern airliner: the A350 XWB, Airbus' twin-engine wide-body aircraft introduced in 2015, has some 50,000 sensors and collects 2.5 terabytes of data daily. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 Kaine] was noticeably silent when the Russians shot down a Malaysian airliner when President Obama was in office. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Republican candidate Corey Stewart said Trump was “standing up to the Russians.” The audience couldn’t contain their laughter.," 23 July 2018

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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 \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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