from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An airplane operated by an airline and adapted for carrying passengers.

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  • noun A passenger-carrying aircraft, especially one of a fleet operated by an airline.

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  • noun a commercial airplane that carries passengers


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  • The boom in airliner orders and new generation advanced aircraft, flight and control avionics, navigation, power distribution, engines and air traffic control systems as well as profusion of high speed rail facing similar fail-safe, redundancy, communications and safety requirements, not to mention rising global demand for efficient power generating equipment, are helping push electronics content to new highs.

    Smartphones, Tablets Put A Bid Under Intel, T.I., Linear Tech, Analog Devices

  • The FAA and most other governments mandate that at least 50% of the air in an airliner is fresh at all times.

    The Flu in Mexico

  • You will probably have a comfortable flight, many people believe that an airliner is a sealed tube with no fresh air available to the passengers.

    The Flu in Mexico

  • Passengers in the U.S. already feel that getting on an airliner is as safe as "taking an escalator at the shipping mall," said Charles Hogeman, a senior training official at Air Line Pilots Association.

    Experts Report Gains in Turboprop Safety

  • That the plotters apparently weren't targeting a passenger airliner is a departure from the strategy many terror groups use to maximize civilian casualties.

    Bomb Makers Plotted Blasts Over U.S.

  • Imagine that a commercial airliner is brought down today by a MANPAD.

    Matthew Yglesias » MANPAD Mania

  • The most likely result of a successful attack on a civilian airliner is substantial damage followed by an emergency landing, with most of the passengers surviving.

    Matthew Yglesias » MANPAD Mania

  • A jet airliner is shown a moment before crashing into one of New York's World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. - Delay meant death on 9/11

  • Certainly the experience of being on an airliner is designed in as many ways as possible to drain romance, excitement, and spiritual qualities from the process of being aloft — they want you to close the windows; you can't see very well anyway ... it's unpleasant in every detail.

    The Soul of a New Flying Machine

  • The Wayne Madsen Report adds more calling the airliner incident a false flag operation "carried out by (the) intelligence tripartite grouping of CIA, Mossad, and India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)."

    Printing: Obama's War on Yemen


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