7 Biggest Airplanes in the World

Antonov An-225 Mriya (defunct) 

This behemoth was the largest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes (705 tons).  Sadly, it was destroyed in February 2022 during the Russo-Ukrainian War.   

Scaled Composites Stratolaunch 

This giant aircraft has a wingspan even larger than the An-225, but its maximum takeoff weight is lower at 680,000 kg (1,500,000 lb). It's designed to carry rockets to launch altitude.  

Airbus A380-800 

This double-decker behemoth is the largest passenger airliner in the world. It can accommodate up to 850 passengers in a typical configuration.  

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy 

This massive military transport aircraft is a workhorse for the United States Air Force. It can carry up to 122,470 kg (270,000 lb) of cargo.  

Antonov An-124 Ruslan 

This is a smaller sibling of the An-225, but it's still a formidable cargo carrier with a maximum takeoff weight of 405 tonnes (892,000 lb).  

Boeing 747-8 

This iconic airplane, often referred to as the "Queen of the Skies", has been the dominant passenger airliner for decades.  The stretched 747-8 variant  boasts a maximum takeoff weight of 412 tonnes (908,000 lb) and remains popular for long-haul cargo routes.  

Boeing Dreamlifter 

This oddly shaped behemoth is a modified version of the 747-400. It wasn't designed for passengers but to ferry oversized aircraft parts between Boeing facilities. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 374 tonnes (825,000 lb).