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Should Qantas have bought the Airbus A350 instead of the Boeing 787? Have your say here..!
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Wish it was the A350...much better plane.
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The A350 a better plane? It was built on the coat tails of all the hard work Boeing put in to produce a stunning aircraft and open a new era.
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That's an overstatement. At armrest level the A350 is only about 3 inches wider than the 787 and can only reach 18" seat width because the armrests are slimmed to 1.5" (rather than the 2" used in the 787). The A350 does have a lot more shoulder space for those sitting in window seats though, I concede.
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The claws come out! 😂
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And more fuel efficient..
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Except that the Boeing 787 was ordered a decade before the Airbus A350 started to fly so Qantas didn't really have a "B787 vs A350?" choice at that stage did they? Anyway Qantas is looking at the A350ULR for non-stop Sydney-New York and Sydney-London so you may still get your wish. But the Boeing 787 is a massive fleet replacement play not just for the Boeing 747s but also the Airbus A330s, international and domestic, I suppose you "armchair CEOs" think Qantas should have waited another 10 years for the A350 and done what in the meantime?
Originally Posted by Bob Burgess :
ordered some 777's a decade ago like the rest of the major carriers. the 777er's have a big rage could have done perth-london a long time ago
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777 has been a great plane for airlines but for pax comfort, it doesn't cut the mustard now, with the A380, A350 and B787 - I would never use it for long range flying but that's just me.
The A350 is the closest thing to the A380-which is unsurpassed for passenger comfort.Not taking anything away from 787 but merely saying Airbus have always produced aircraft which are more pax friendly.1. Super quiet over sound proofed in case of A380...in fact some pilots complained it was too quiet!The A350 will not be as soundproofed as the A380 but is still quieter that any 787 variant.2. Better air humidity levels3. Lower cabin altitude pressure settingsThese 3 things combined especially for long haul and ultra long haul travelers such as us Aussies make a WORLD of difference for pax, esp those frequent flyers.As for the 777 I avoid it like the plague on long or ultra long haul. Boeing has generally created aircraft to satisfy airline bean counters and Airbus has done so more for a superior passenger experience. Need a balance but Airbus is still the winner overall, albeit Boeing is almost on par.My 2 cents:)
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Words from a pilot friend of mine, "the economics of the 787 far surpass the A350 in the slot pairs most airlines want that size airplane for", Airbus do build aircraft of greater pax comfort than Boeing but they have to get the economics right....let's not forget A380, airlines won't buy purely on comfort.
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Everyone keeps talking down the 777, but remember it was designed in the early 90's, killed off the A340 and revolutionised twin engine air travel. Amazing aircraft and I'm sure the new variant will be every bit as successful.
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Firstly, I found the 787 quieter for some reason. It just doesn't have that A320 sounding engine on it like the A350.
Secondly, Qantas got a very good deal for the 787. Early delivery slots and extremely good price. A350 deliveries for be further back with first delivery around at the earliest, 2019. I don't think the 747s will last till then, even if they do, the costs involved to keep them flying.
At the end of the day, they are getting the 787s, full stop. Stop playing armchair CEO. (Which I basically just did 😂)
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