How to Determine What Type of Plane You’re Flying in on Your Next Trip

Most airlines detail the type of aircraft that flights will be using during the booking process


For air travelers, knowing what type of plane you're flying in can provide peace of mind for many reasons.

Sometimes, a traveler may want to figure out the seat configuration on an aircraft, or perhaps determine the sizing of overhead compartments and under-seat storage to plan which carry-on bag to use ahead of time.

More recently, passengers may also want to uncover if they are traveling on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft, following the grounding of Boeing 737-9 Max planes after an Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing earlier this month after a chunk of the aircraft's cabin blew out mid-flight.

Currently, most airlines detail the type of aircraft that flights will be using during the booking process.

But should travelers need to find that information after they've already booked a flight, the information is also readily available on their reservation.

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Chanin Wardkhian / Getty Images Airplane.
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Alongside checking directly where a flight was booked, fliers can also use various other websites to see what type of plane they will be on during their trip.

One website frequently used by travelers is Flight Aware, an online tool that offers "real-time, historical and predictive flight-tracking data," per its website.

Flight Aware's website adds that it is the world's largest flight-tracking platform, as of 2019.

On the site, users can input their flight details and, once they select their flight, they can look on the right side of the page for "Flight Details."

There, under the section titled "Aircraft Details," a block titled "Aircraft Information" will have an area labeled with the "Aircraft Type" information that fliers are looking for.

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