What is/are your favourite aircraft type(s)?

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074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

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What is/are your favourite aircraft type(s)? Mine is the Boeing 777-300ER for quietness and comfort (on 3-3-3 airlines, for wider seats).

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Airbus A330-300.

The most insipid widebody ever built, or so some enthusiasts claim, but it is an efficient aircraft for medium-capacity medium-haul routes, such as intra-Asia and Asia-Australia.

watson374

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Also, 2-4-2 ftw.

Serg

QFF

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Just curiosity – what claimed efficiency to do to you? Even if it exist it will be pocketed by carrier – forget about cheaper fair. And frankly if you try to book to Europe by QF/EK all tickets that involve A380 actually more expensive.

Serg

QFF

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Sorry, I thougth that you talking about A380 - my bad. Though main point still valid - claimed efficiency has nothing to do to me.

watson374

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It usually means frequency.

Serg

QFF

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Frequency governed by demand (i.e. how many pax happy to pay and fly) and has nothing to do to aircraft type. They would fly A380 from MEL to LHR each 10 min if they could pack them with pax.

watson374

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But say, 3x A330 vs 1x A380?

Serg

QFF

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If market has capacity they ALWAYS choose one bigger aircraft over two smaller one - it is cheaper for them to operate one.

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

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How about CX operating 4 A330s from SYD to HKG (as opposed to two 777-300ERs)?

Serg

QFF

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330 is quite big bird   - 777 is only about 1/3 bigger - biggest one typically can do 450 passengers while biggest 330 350. 777 can fly longer distances and that not required from SYD to HKK. CX does not operate 380, otherwise I bet it would be 2 flights.

watson374

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Yes and no. I like it because they have better scheduling.

David

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I'll fess up that I am not an aviation geek to the point where I have a 'favourite plane', and of course any judgmenet could be based on any number of criteria - for example, Watson374's answer above includes efficiency for certain routes.

That said:

  • I do like the Boeing 777-300ER, especially when configured right (which in my book means first, business, premium economy and economy)
  • having seen the Boeing 787-9 a few times I think it really nails the Dreamliner proportions and has a sense of rightness to the scale which the smaller 'stubbier' 787-8 lacks (which means the 787-10 could be amazing to behold)
  • and the Boeing 747-8I. I've always been a bit soft for the 747-400, it has a grace which the A380 lacks IMHO, and the 747-8I just goes a step further... again, like the 787-9 vs the -8, the 747-8I seems to get the dimensions 'right', especially with the longer upper deck area. When I look at it I get this feeling of elegance coupled with restrained power.

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

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I see that David likes more Boeing planes than Airbus planes.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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No, i just happen to like those three planes and they all happen to be Boeings. I like flying in the A380 - so nice and quiet – but from the outside it doesn't do much for me. I expect the A350-900 and -1000 will be added to my list above though!

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