To be more precise, IMHO the best looking airbus is the a345, followed by the a330. But overall I'm a Douglas fan (aestetically that is). Nothing beats their tri-jets and DC9 family (including the MD80's and "Douglas"717).
While I don't think the a380 is a beauty, I really don't find it ugly either, especially when painted. I just find it very impressive looking.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
Well that green is hideous but I find the A380 to be a nice looking plane.
I also find the Shorts 360 to be a neat aircraft and I wish I could fly on one if there are any left.
I might get flamed for this but I find the 757-300 and A321 to be very unattractive planes. Especially if it just has a white fuselage and painted tail.
I am not too excited about the 787 either. Yes it will be a leap forward in efficiency and will keep many at Boeing employed which is all a good thing. From an aesthetic standpoint it just looks like another twin.
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3317 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3304 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5): I also find the Shorts 360 to be a neat aircraft and I wish I could fly on one if there are any left.
Funny you should mention that. I believe that Shorts is taking the double tail off several Shorts 330's and replacing them with the single tail of the Shorts 360... effectively converting Shorts 330's into Shorts 360's. I have been told that this is in order to aid in carrying more cargo. The Shorts 360 is actually one of my most favourite aircraft.
I believe you have to see the A380 flying in real life before judging it. It's not actually that bad up close in person. To be honest I think the 800 model would look better than the 900 model (if the A380-900 is finally produced).
The Boeing 747LCF would get my vote as an ugly duckling along with the super guppy.
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 3036 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3122 times:
I don't find the A-380 elegant in the same way that I find the A-330, for example, but I do find it aesthetically inoffensive. I think it will be a better plane in the end for passenger airlines than the newer B-747 variants. Executives rarely buy airplanes for looks (more like never since the beancounters took over the purchasing decisions post-deregulation), they buy them because they believe they can maximize their profits with them. The true test of the A-380 will be after it has been in passenger service a few years, when airlines reflect on their investments and decide to either order more or dispose of their fleets. Then and only then will we know for sure whether the A-380 is "successful." As for ugly, I guess ugly is in the eye of the beholder, but it seems like you went out of your way to pick the least flattering photo you could find of an A-380, so you obviously have an emotional attachment to the premise of your thread.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7900 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3097 times:
Out of jetliners, I find that the B773 is by far the ugliest airplane in the skys. It's too long, the wings and engines seem out of place for the length of the aircraft, and the 777 has the ugliest tail to boot.