maddog888 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3547 times:
There are so many different types of aircraft crossing the pond now from A318 to A380 via 757,767,777 etc. I have to wonder do we have now the most number of different types of aircraft on these routes? Limiting it to commercial aircraft, what is your preferred metal traveling across the Atlantic and why? I know that this can be skewed by airline affiliation but please try to keep it as free from this as possible.
Mine would have to be an aircraft no longer seen on these routes - the A300. It was my first experience with twins across a large body of water and it just seemed so smooth and quiet and big (even though I had flown early 747s across the ocean).
HOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 420 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3462 times:
I've flown 757's and 777 from the east coast to LHR, and obviously prefer the triple 7, because of the twin aisle (relative) comfort. But with good trade winds, you can make it to Western Europe in 5-6 hours, that means the narrow 757 isn't too painful. But I always try and book a flight on a 767 or 777, if I am flexible with my travels. There is something special about flying on the heavies.
danfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1780 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3444 times:
Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 2): But I always try and book a flight on a 767 or 777, if I am flexible with my travels. There is something special about flying on the heavies.
Same here. If my travel is flexible i go for 340's/777's or A380's. In October i took my first A346 flight with VS to JFK and i loved it. For me it beat the MAN-MCO 747 a few years earlier, not sure why but it just did.
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RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3431 times:
I prefer any twin aisle aircraft (with preferences on the Airbus A330-300) but comes to my mind the great aircraft that was the Boeing 757-200 and where I made my first "cross the Atlantic" when I was 11.
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HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 27 Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3413 times:
While in general I prefer the heavies, too, the additional time for ground handling is putting me off; this is especially true, when I am flying in Business Class and there is just a general crowd hanging around in front of the departure gate (but mainly the airport and the airline are to be blamed for this, IMO).
Best positive example I had was a flight in a PrivatAir's BBJ flying for KL AMS to IAH with 20 pax only: Ne need to remove bag with (allowed) liquids from carry-on for screening at the gate. And: While I was paying a short visit to the toilet in the gate area, boarding was announced - when I returned, the gate area was already deserted.
Negative aspects of the BBJ I had, was lacking IFE (not of concern to me) and fairly small lavatories (surely smaller than on the Airbii).
I was worried a bit about flying that long in such a small (=narrow) cabin, but it was no problem.
When using the heavies, I prefer the Airbii (330/340) with their 6-abreast seating in C.
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CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3368 times:
I think you need to evaluate the airline seating arrangement and service on board. I thnk the A340-600 is incredibly beautiful inside and out; however, I had one of the worst flights ever with Lufthansa sitting on the inside of the four seat section with--allegedly--31" pitch. It's difficult to get in or out and absolutely a nightmare when the people in front of you recline their seats.
danfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1780 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3366 times:
Quoting CoachClass (Reply 6): and absolutely a nightmare when the people in front of you recline their seats.
I found that the same with the VS 346 too.
Quoting CoachClass (Reply 6): I think the A340-600 is incredibly beautiful inside and out;
Inside is a very nice place to be indeed. Aside the LHR-JFK flight i have already mentioned i had the pleasure of doing LHR-HKG-SYD in a A346 in December. The only aircraft to eclipse it would be the SQ A380 for inside 'aesthetic' comfort.
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AirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 1906 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3221 times:
My favourite seat would be the aisle seat of the '2s' on 767s and A330/40s, as you have the aisle and are near the window too!
The A340 gains through quietness, this is more of a benefit on the longer flights.
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UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1993 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3137 times:
I've flown the 767 and A330 (and apparently the 747, but I was less than a year old) TATL. I like the 767 because it's sort of the original trans-Atlantic airplane, but I also like the A330 for its insane (sometimes excessive) spaciousness.
superman24 From Canada, joined Oct 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
Flew with LH 4 years ago JFK to FRA on a B747 and I told myself I would never fly an outdated 747, and especially LH again in my life.
Low and behold, the following year I flew LH on a 343 in First class from YUL to MUC and I told myself I would never fly anything other then LH and I would never fly anything other then First class again.
Thank you LH!!!
Therefore my choice of preference is def. the 343, 333. I also flew KLM from JFK in a 777 and I thought it was amazing!!!!!
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2229 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3102 times:
I have flown the VC-10, 707-320, 741, 742, 743, 744, 747SP, 767-200, 767-300, 777-200, DC-8, DC-10, A343, and A346 across the pond, The 747s and 777 were always memorable. The A346 is a beautiful aircraft.
OlympicATH From Greece, joined Jul 2001, 277 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
Long-haul, I have flown: A330, A340, 747, 767, 777
I would choose the A330 or A340 anytime. They are spacious, super quiet and the 8-abreast seating is very comfortable. (YUL-CDG on a 9-abreast Air Transat A330 with no PTVs was one of my worst flights ever.)
My experience on the 767 (AC CDG-YYZ) was not the best. I found the plane to be too small for such a long flight (no, I haven't flown the 757 long-haul).
The 777 is a great big plane but it's rather loud and the layout feels less spacious, especially if you have a window seat.