I'd like to see a comparison about the window sizes of various commercial aircraft, maybe to give evidence of eventual progress in it over the generations.

For example, I surely know that the B-787 has the biggest ones but it seems strange to me that A350XWB has smaller ones in comparison, considering that it, too, is made with composite materials. Why this difference?

In addition, Boeing increase their window sizes between different iterations of the same model (for example, the first 747s had smaller windows than the later generations, and 777X has larger windows than the original 777), but Airbus seems to not have this approach (neo versions are equal to ceo ones).

Finally, I heard about Boeing Skyview, a very big single windows in Business variants but... is already delivered as solution? Any similar solution from Airbus?

P.s: I found only a link with similar topic but is more general and not specific to a comparison chart between models and/or difference B787 and A350 construction design related to window size

  • $\begingroup$ related: Why were the windows on the Concorde about the size of a hand? $\endgroup$ – Manu H May 22 '20 at 10:26
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you both. I edit my question. I read also related question noted, but as I wrote for another one, topic is similar but my question is more general $\endgroup$ – Luca Detomi May 22 '20 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ Passenger windows or cockpit windows? $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer May 22 '20 at 12:59
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    $\begingroup$ These questions are way too vague. Basically you have observed that windows are sized differently and you expect someone to write a comparison paper for you, including why design engineers may have selected a particular size for each model aircraft. You need to narrow the scope and ask a specific question $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall May 22 '20 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ Me!!! :-) Sincerely I hate people that "steals" me window seat and then sleep or read a magazine... Leave me the window seat and sit down on the inner ones... :-) $\endgroup$ – Luca Detomi Jun 24 '20 at 8:56

How aircraft windows compare:

Aircraft windows can be made bigger by improving the materials of the window or fuselage or reducing the amount of Gs the window frames get by changing the exterior shape and design of the fuselage. Another way is making the window surfaces smoother (to reduce surface friction) or changing the shape of the window itself.


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