Pro-Tip: Kayak Now Lets You Search Flights By Plane Type

by Chris Dong

Boeing fanboy? Airbus aficionado? Well, instead of manually searching for an aircraft you’re looking to fly, Kayak will do it for you. That’s right, for the first time ever, there’s a flight booking tool that allows you to search for flights by the exact type of plane you want, or don’t want, to fly.

Kayak Releases Feature Following 737 MAX Incident

Kayak decided to release the feature following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, operated by a Boeing 737 MAX. Before the outright ban of the plane, Kayak wanted to give customers the peace of mind to eliminate the MAX from their flight searches.

We’ve recently received feedback to make KAYAK’s filters more granular in order to exclude particular aircraft models from search queries. We are releasing that enhancement and are committed to providing our customers with all the information they need to travel with confidence.

The Best Part Of The Feature…

As a fun bonus for aviation enthusiasts, they also included all plane types so you select and unselect whatever planes your heart desires for a given search.

Unfortunately, since the feature was created to unselect a particular type of plane (737 MAX), there isn’t a way to only select an aircraft type. Hopefully, that gets added in later.


While sites like FlightAware allow you to search by plane type, there isn’t a way to book those flights directly without taking another step. For now, Kayak is the only online travel agency (OTA) to offer this functionality.

However, competitors like Google Flights offer other compelling tools as well. The team over at God Save The Points mentioned a couple of new features within Google Flights that’s worth checking out.

The Upshot

While I don’t use Kayak for flight searches (Google Flights all the way), I’d probably filter for customer-friendly aircraft like Delta’s awesome new A220 where there’s windows in the lavatory. And I’m always looking to fly the Boeing 747 internationally whenever possible.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to filter out American’s terrible, densified Boeing 737.

I also assume the aircraft data is provided directly by airlines and is obviously subject to change due to aircraft swaps.

Will you be using this Kayak feature to search flights by specific plane types?



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