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

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

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On your trip in, while the Havana Way bypass is still under construction, take MLK east past the airliner at Eastbridge, turn south on Quebec, then east on 25th Drive. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "In Stapleton, last chance for a new, single-family ranch, as Boulder Creek offers six of its super-enticing designs," 6 Sep. 2019 In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace., "This day in history," 1 Sep. 2019 Add the knock-on cost for airlines and for the supply chain and a rough estimate is that every quarter that the best-selling airliner remains on the ground costs $4bn. The Economist, "Boeing’s troubles cost the aerospace industry $4bn a quarter," 22 Aug. 2019 Some of the results will be unambiguously good—fewer missing airliners and secret missile programs. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "You can make millions counting cars in parking lots from space," 26 June 2019 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% STEP 4: Don’t panicMost modern airliners can virtually land themselves but still require pilot input. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Land an Airplane, According to Bear Grylls," 27 Aug. 2018 Russian pilots emergency-landed an airliner in a cornfield, and no one died. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News," 19 Aug. 2019 Avoiding close calls More than two years after an airliner nearly landed on four planes lined up on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway, a Bay Area congressman has teamed up with famed Capt. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Updating the 49 Mile Route," 9 Aug. 2019 The best lithium-ion batteries top out at 265 watt-hours per kilogram, which is nowhere near enough get an airliner across the Pacific. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019

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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) \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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