air·lin·er | \ -ˌlī-nər \

Definition of airliner 

: an airplane operated by an airline

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Riordan is the first person killed aboard a U.S. commercial airliner in nine years. CBS News, "Southwest passengers pulled woman partially sucked out of window back into plane," 18 Apr. 2018 When combined with cost of getting goods from the nearest airport that can handle an airliner to their final destination, the costs pile up. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Bulgaria's First New Plane in Decades Is a Freakishly Strong Drone," 10 July 2018 At a cruise altitude of 60,000 feet, or about twice as high as conventional airliners, the booms won’t rattle windows and will be about as noisy as motorcycles or weed-wackers. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Future of Flying: Flights Could Be Getting Much Shorter," 19 June 2018 In February 1993, an Iranian airliner with 132 people onboard collided with an air force jet after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing everyone onboard the two aircraft., "Commercial Plane Crashes in Southern Iran, Killing 66 People," 18 Feb. 2018 The passenger hold rooms will be large enough to accommodate the 175 people Southwest’s new Boeing 737 MAX8 airliners can carry. Colin Campbell,, "BWI proposes expedited, $60 million concourse expansion for Southwest Airlines," 10 July 2018 Canada imported several airliners from the U.S. in May. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Deficit Widened in May," 6 July 2018 The plane orders, badly needed to upgrade the Islamic Republic’s museum-vintage airliners, would have had the potential to build Tehran into an aviation hub that could better compete with Dubai and Qatar, the region’s aviation super powers. Fortune, "Trump's Iran Deal Exit Halts Historic, $40 Billion Boeing, Airbus Deals," 8 May 2018 France and Britain were collaborating on a new kind of airliner that would fly at twice the speed of sound and shrink the globe. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "As of today, no US airlines operate the mighty Boeing 747," 4 Jan. 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 \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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