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Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Buses?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3721 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

There been many saying referring to airliners being called flying buses, for example people will tell a white nickel flyer, that flying it is just like riding a bus, or some people call pilots glorified bus drivers.
Yes there is a company that build airliners called Airbus, but this company two largest airliners ( one being the world biggest) are so luxurious that they should be called Airhotels.

Now I petty ok with it, but do anybody have a problem with airliners being referred to as flying buses? Some can argue that airliners is an altogether new form of transportation and higher class of transportation than a bus. Also smaller airliners like a 737s or A320s are much bigger than the largest highway coaches, as a matter of fact I look at airliners as some thing bigger than a bus and smaller that a train.
So do dislike airliners being call flying buses, or it do not bother you?

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User currently offlineKtrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

Well, "bus" is an abbreviation of the original "omnibus," Latin for "everybody." An airliner is a conveyance that everybody (omnibus) can use, so I guess it would be appropriate. But airliners most often have different classes of service, and that contradicts the original omnibus concept, and in that sense, they're quite different from highway buses. I'm not going to worry about it, though.

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4087 times:
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Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
There been many saying referring to airliners being called flying buses, for example people will tell a white nickel flyer, that flying it is just like riding a bus, or some people call pilots glorified bus drivers.

I must say I don't care about that anymore. If anybody tells me I am riding a bus at 35000 feet and I am driving my airplane through the air - fine with me. I won't argue with those people.
I heard a lot of comments like: "You are just an overpaid busdriver; what is the difference in your job and a bus driver - nothing, you just take people from A to B" etc etc etc. My reply: "Yes." Big grin

So, I am not bothered at all. It is my job and I know what I am doing up there and if someone thinks it is like driving a bus, fine with me.  Wink

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

Well, I'm a bus driver, so I my answer is somewhat biased .... Big grin

If people ask me what I do for a living, I just tell them I drive an Airbus, but without the air .....  Silly



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4074 times:
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Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
If people ask me what I do for a living, I just tell them I drive an Airbus, but without the air ..... Silly

If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.




So no problem at all to call an Airbus driver a bis driver  Wink

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Its what everyone feels like calling.......Its their choice....To me it makes no difference.
I believe Pilots & AMEs in Aviation are Drivers & Mechanics on an automobile.Its the same thing,except the Area of work varies.
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MEL



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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

It really depends on the type of aircraft and the type of service.

If you fly on a 50-seat CRJ200, the resemblance is very much there. Standard buses seat 50 pax as well I believe. This one just happens to have wings too.

If you fly on a short-haul low cost carrier service, you just get on the plane at point A and get off at point B. Nothing glamorous about these flights.

But a long-range flight on a nice legacy carrier like Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways is a whole different story. I truly enjoy being a passenger on these flights so I wouldn't say that is like riding on a bus.

Having said the above, I generally like flying anyway, whether it's like getting on a bus or not!


User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4047 times:

I was a little unhappy with the term at one time, never really liked the name 'Airbus' even though i liked the product. A little like other replies above, guess i have adjusted to the term but i dont think it is a clever analogy.

I mean, why have i never heard airtrain or airboat or aircar..because they dont fit. Aircraft and air travel loses its tremendous nostalgia and stuff when these 'bus' terms get pushed to easily and in my view incorrectly into the terminology.



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User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4022 times:

I was under the impression that on a modern day airliner a pilot is more like a computer operator than a bus driver.  Smile


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4013 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

They used to have one of these at Heathrow. I have a pretty good photographic memory and remember when I was about 6yrs old stopping at Heathrow to see the aircraft and in particular Concorde. One of these busses must have gone past because a couple of days later my father went on a business trip to somewhere in Europe. Upon his return I asked him how it was and he told me he went on an Airbus. God, was I confused!




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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25843 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3979 times:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 9):
Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

They used to have one of these at Heathrow. I have a pretty good photographic memory and remember when I was about 6yrs old stopping at Heathrow to see the aircraft and in particular Concorde. One of these busses must have gone past because a couple of days later my father went on a business trip to somewhere in Europe. Upon his return I asked him how it was and he told me he went on an Airbus. God, was I confused!

Canadian regional carrier Pacific Western Airlines (which merged with Canadian Pacific Airlines/CP Air in 1987 to form Canadian Airlines) had a branded "Airbus" shuttle service between 1963 and 1987 between Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YXD, the close-in Municipal Airport, now City Centre Airport, very close to downtown Edmonton). For most of its existence from 1969/70 onwards that "Airbus" was operated by Boeing 737-200s. At its peak in the 1980s there were up to 16 flights daily in each direction on that route.

The "Airbus" brand was very widely known in that market and people would often just say they were "taking the Airbus". When the new YYC terminal building was built in the mid-1970s, one gate area was designed specifically for the PWA Airbus service with several gates located very close to the departure level roadway so you could get from a car/taxi to the gate in about 1 minute.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3943 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

LOL! Thanks for giving me hope ....  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
Canadian regional carrier Pacific Western Airlines (which merged with Canadian Pacific Airlines/CP Air in 1987 to form Canadian Airlines) had a branded "Airbus" shuttle service between 1963 and 1987 between Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YXD, the close-in Municipal Airport, now City Centre Airport, very close to downtown Edmonton). For most of its existence from 1969/70 onwards that "Airbus" was operated by Boeing 737-200s. At its peak in the 1980s there were up to 16 flights daily in each direction on that route.

I remember CP coming up with the "Skybus" service as well.



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User currently offlineAcNDTTech From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

Calling them a "bus" is kind of common anymore. I bet that if the ammeneties started coming back - meals, free drinks, etc, - it may change the way people view this mode of transportation. I've never ridden on a long haul bus before, but I could imagine that it wouldn't be too great of an experience. To some folks, I bet they get the same feeling on long trips, as being on a bus. Now I HAVE been on a 6 hr. train ride once in my life. I enjoyed that, and you never hear anyone refer to a train as a "bus."

User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

The busses in Argentina can be compared to business class flying....

http://www.igougo.com/story-s1319736..._of_Bus_Services_in_Argentina.html



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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3802 times:

If they are talking about the former PeopleExpress or Southwest then I can understand. Other than that, they are wrong.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3721 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 3799 times:



Quoting Levent (Reply 6):
It really depends on the type of aircraft and the type of service.

If you fly on a 50-seat CRJ200, the resemblance is very much there. Standard buses seat 50 pax as well I believe. This one just happens to have wings too.

If you fly on a short-haul low cost carrier service, you just get on the plane at point A and get off at point B. Nothing glamorous about these flights.

MCI's latest model of the E4500 ( LX as it called now), is more luxurious than a CRJ200.


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