Sponsor Message:
Travel Polls & Prefs Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Boy! The A330 Is Fugly Without Winglets!  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/7/7/0/1309077.jpg

This is the VERY FIRST time I've ever seen the A330 missing a winglet, but man, that missing winglet sure does take a lot away from the beauty and elegance of the aircraft. While I prefer the 777, and it's musclely (made up word) like Team America World Police, F#ck YEAH! The Europeans have come up with Elegant styles on their aircraft. However, the A300 and A310 have to be some of the ugliest planes out there....anyway, does anyone else find this one a tad ugly without the winglet?

UAL

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6465 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5929 times:

I think it looks fine. Are most of the members of this board supposed to know what "Team America World Police" refers to?

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

I like the A300. and i like the fact the 330 looks alot like the 300 without the winglet.

Its a nice pic Smile


User currently offlineCakentennis From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5894 times:

"Chubby = Ugly"

Haven't we been fighting this myth for ages? I think the A310 is quite beautiful.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17065 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

You are right, the A330 is really ugly without the winglets, and it seems smaller also.


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5841 times:



Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 1):
I think it looks fine. Are most of the members of this board supposed to know what "Team America World Police" refers to?

Not relevant to this thread ( or aviation) but it's a movie made by the same folks that make South Park. Very funny. Big grin



smrtrthnu
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5776 times:

I think it looks fine - but then again, I don't usually apply the concept of good/bad looking to airplanes. They either do what they're supposed to, or they don't, and they all look more or less the same anyhow.

On some, the proportions are right, on some they aren't, i.e. the B777 and that strange vertical stabilizer Boeing put on there - they sure weren't looking to make the plane look good by putting that thing on there: but the plane does what it's supposed to, and does it extremely well - so the fact that this European thinks it's not really an eye-pleaser is completely irrelevant... and that's my personal opinion of my very own personal opinion...  Wink



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5774 times:

Look like an A306, just a bit longer, therefore more elegant. I can't see what's wrong with it.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5736 times:

It looks like the A300 went on a diet....


A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8317 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5736 times:



Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):
On some, the proportions are right, on some they aren't, i.e. the B777 and that strange vertical stabilizer Boeing put on there - they sure weren't looking to make the plane look good by putting that thing on there: but the plane does what it's supposed to

For me the 772 is one of the ugliest widebody aircraft there is. I don't know why, but have you evern see a tuna fish? That's what it reminds me of. However, it's a fantastic machine.


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1682 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Nice too see KL ordered A300-700's  Big grin
I kinda like it though!



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

I'm glad I am not the only one thinking this. I recently saw a picture of an Air Canada A330 without a winglet and was shocked at how Fugly it looked. It's amazing how much the wingtips add to the beauty of the aircraft!


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ben Allsup
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Anders Olsen




Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17065 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5580 times:



Quoting Legoguy (Reply 11):
It's amazing how much the wingtips add to the beauty of the aircraft!

True, and the winglet seems to do the a/c bigger



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30908 posts, RR: 87
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5563 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

My main issue with the aesthetics of the A330 (especially the -300) is that you have this long fuselage and wide wingspan with these two tiny little engines hanging off it. The winglets neither add nor detract from that inherent lack of...balance.

Adding the extra two engines of the A340 really makes a difference in "balancing out" the plane's looks in my eyes.

I think the 777-200 series is the best-looking plane in the skies right now, followed by the -300. Big fuselage. Big wings. Big engines. All in aesthetic balance.

[Edited 2007-12-24 11:07:09]

User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5550 times:

Its not "fugly" per se, but it doesn't have that same elegant look.


Not all of us can be heroes, some of us can only stand on the sidewalk and clap as they go by.
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5525 times:

The A330 looks better with winglets but I dont think its ugly without them.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 13):
I think the 777-200 series is the best-looking plane in the skies right now

I'd have to disagree, I like the -300ER but not the -200. The best looking to me is the A346 however it would be interesting to see it without winglets.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Steve Brimley



Are there any photos of the A346 without winglets?


User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2692 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5506 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
anyway, does anyone else find this one a tad ugly without the winglet?

It does look odd. As a contrary comment, I find the looks of the B757 to be greatly blighted and smeared by the presence of winglets. The tall stalky landing gear, long thin fuselage and vertical tail give the 757 a somewhat "upright stance". The addition of winglets only adds to this to great detriment.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Hector A Rivera
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Michael Carter



On the other hand, I think winglets on 737's greatly enhance the appearance of that aircraft. They add a much need element of sleekness to the "hunkered down" look of the 737.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Xiao min
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Xiao min



Regards, JetMech



JetMech split the back of his pants. He can feel the wind in his hair.
User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5500 times:



Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):
On some, the proportions are right, on some they aren't, i.e. the B777 and that strange vertical stabilizer Boeing put on there - they sure weren't looking to make the plane look good by putting that thing on there: but the plane does what it's supposed to, and does it extremely well - so the fact that this European thinks it's not really an eye-pleaser is completely irrelevant.

This American completely agrees with you.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 15):
The A330 looks better with winglets but I dont think its ugly without them.

Very well put; you have mirrored my opinion perfectly!

Quoting JetMech (Reply 16):
I think winglets on 737's greatly enhance the appearance of that aircraft.

As if they could possibly make it worse?


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5476 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
FORUM MODERATOR



Quoting JetMech (Reply 16):
I think winglets on 737's greatly enhance the appearance of that aircraft. They add a much need element of sleekness to the "hunkered down" look of the 737.

Especially looking at them front on


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

Remember, Sri Lanka Airlines A343's winglet hit the BA 744's winglet. Pax thought that they would fly another aircraft but when they got there, they still saw same aircraft. They were told that it was safe to fly without winglets but they refused to fly it without winglets. Hahaha!


The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5460 times:



Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 19):
Remember, Sri Lankan Airlines A343's winglet hit the BA 744's winglet. Pax thought that they would fly another aircraft but when they got there, they still saw same aircraft. They were told that it was safe to fly without winglets but they refused to fly it without winglets.

It wasn't the first time. There are 37 A.net photos of aircraft with one winglet missing. A few examples:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Aviantex - Alexander Jonsson
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Bastiaan Smeets



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Rotate
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Mark Hitzert - Q-photo



User currently offlineCactusHP From United States of America, joined May 2004, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

It seems like we all agree that winglets are the greatest thing on earth.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 20):
A few examples:

That A340 now looks like an Il-86.



Sorry, I was on the landline
User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2692 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5403 times:



Quoting 777ER (Reply 18):
Especially looking at them front on

Too right! Blended winglets are a great addition to the beauty of the 737, in a proportion that is far beyond their physical size  Smile!


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Hugh Mitton
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Daniel & Robert Fall




View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Tim Feise - APO Photos
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Scotty Curtis - TeamJetspotter



Regards, JetMech



JetMech split the back of his pants. He can feel the wind in his hair.
User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30908 posts, RR: 87
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5373 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 15):
The best looking to me is the A346 however it would be interesting to see it without winglets.

To me, the A346 suffers some of the "unbalanced" look of the A330. The four engines help, but that super-long fuselage...

I think the A340-300 is the best-looking Airbus plane, followed by the A340-500. After that, I admit I am not a fan of any other Airbus design from an aesthetic point of view. If the A350 keeps the original nose, then she'll be a winner, but if they end up putting the A380 nose on her, then not so much.  Smile


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5348 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 23):
If the A350 keeps the original nose, then she'll be a winner, but if they end up putting the A380 nose on her, then not so much.

I hope they keep the original (have to be careful with that word when the A350 is concerned  Wink ) but I'm starting to warm the A380 nose.

There are some images in this thread from Hloutweg, although they are not official the SU XWB looks quite good IMO!

A350XWB New Nose (by Gmd80 Dec 19 2007 in Civil Aviation)


25 Post contains images CAP2008 : I still think the 330 and 744 are among the most beautiful aircraft in the sky. [Edited 2008-01-02 17:30:25]
26 Post contains links and images 2H4 : Hey, it could be worse. They could have mounted a set of these on it: View Large View MediumPhoto © Stephan T. 2H4
27 Bok269 : Personally I don't like the looks of the A330 with or without winglets, but A) that's just my opinion and B) Looks of a plane mean squat. Aerodynamics
28 WildcatYXU : There is no plane that wouldn't look good in NW's livery...ant those PW engines help too. The 330 with RR's looks a bit weird... As Stitch wrote, the
29 Post contains images Columba : Agreed, with or without winglet the A330 is a nice looking plane and nice to fly on
30 CV990 : Hi! What I think is that both Boeing and Airbus need to change the "glue" that they use to connect those winglets!!! I wish one day I could find one o
31 Post contains images JCKastrup : It's a shame to say that the A330 is ugly. That beeing said: Any plane looks better with winglets IMO
32 Columba : I think the 777-300ER is one of the best looking planes still in production. The 777-200ER is too short in my opinion. It is really not an aesthetic
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
What Do You Like About The A330? posted Wed Jan 3 2007 23:28:47 by 747400sp
Do You Think That The 744 Is Now Outdated? posted Sun Dec 31 2006 21:09:35 by LY777
Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet. posted Fri May 19 2006 19:55:12 by 747400sp
Official Livery Tournament:And The Champion Is.... posted Wed Nov 2 2005 21:22:42 by RootsAir
And The Winner Is: The 727! posted Mon Apr 11 2005 21:56:43 by RootsAir
If The 747 Is A Jumbo What Shall We Call The A380 posted Wed Oct 20 2004 22:01:25 by BCAL
How Is The Smile (Varig) Frequent Flyer Program? posted Sat Dec 22 2007 13:45:54 by Avianca
What Is The Best Whiskey/scotch Served Up Front? posted Fri Dec 14 2007 08:57:32 by Targowski
Which Is The Ugliest Livery? posted Thu Dec 13 2007 11:26:28 by B747forever
Which Airport Is The Worst For Aborted Landings? posted Mon Oct 22 2007 16:09:14 by Marcusair
The Ever Shrinking Bag Of...; A The Future Is... posted Mon Apr 19 2010 19:37:44 by 2175301
Best Livery On The A330? posted Sat Oct 31 2009 10:07:58 by AAairplane
If Airbus Built An Trijet Instead Of The A330/340? posted Sun Oct 12 2008 14:33:54 by 747400sp
Favorite Aircraft Results! And The Winner Is... posted Fri Aug 10 2007 18:13:49 by ShannoninAMA
What Do You Like About The A330? posted Wed Jan 3 2007 23:28:47 by 747400sp
Do You Think That The 744 Is Now Outdated? posted Sun Dec 31 2006 21:09:35 by LY777
Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet. posted Fri May 19 2006 19:55:12 by 747400sp
Official Livery Tournament:And The Champion Is.... posted Wed Nov 2 2005 21:22:42 by RootsAir