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

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

Examples of airliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boeing directors were careless in their oversight of the flawed 737 Max 8 airliner and failed to react promptly after two crashes killed more than 300 people, according to a shareholder lawsuit seeking to hold company board members accountable. Jef Feeley, Fortune, "Boeing Directors Sued for Rushing 737 Max 8 to Market," 18 Nov. 2019 Requirements won’t change for licenses that are compliant with federal Real ID standards that ensure continued access next year to commercial airliners and some federal facilities. Mark Stevenson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hugs or bullets? Mexico conflicted over how to fight crime," 2 Oct. 2019 The airliner is one of Boeing's most popular planes, and the same model involved in the Lion Air crash that killed 189 passengers last November when the plane encountered a technical glitch and plummeted into the Java Sea. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Now Britain Is Grounding All Boeing 737 Max 8 Jets Following Catastrophic Ethiopia Crash," 11 Mar. 2019 Anonymous Answer: Most airliners have two or more tires in each position (left main, right main and nose). John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Landing with a blown tire and coping with cold and flu season as a pilot," 25 Oct. 2019 With airliners grounded, convention goers scrambled to book rental cars from a hopelessly inadequate supply. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 Boeing delivered 26 airliners in September, down from 87 a year earlier and trailing the 71 reported by its European rival Airbus. David Koenig, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boeing delivers just 26 planes in September, extending slump," 8 Oct. 2019 The harshest sanctions hit Britain, France, Germany and Spain—the members of the consortium that makes Airbus airliners—but howls of protest could be heard from Italy to Ireland. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "A Whisky Rebellion Is Brewing: European Businesses Protest the Latest Round of U.S. Tariffs," 3 Oct. 2019 Federal safety officials say Boeing should consider how cockpit confusion can slow the response of pilots who are dealing with the kind of problem that likely caused two airliners to crash in the past year. Author: David Koenig, Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing should reconsider pilots’ response time amid confusion of cockpit alarms, NTSB says," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of airliner

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airliner was in 1908

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7 Dec 2019

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“Airliner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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