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747 Or A340  
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 3070 times:

Which do you prefer the 747 or the A340, the 747 was quite a nice aircraf when I flew BA PHX-LHR. However, the A340 wins it for me on looks, it is so sleek and just demands attention, my only dislike is on the A340-300 with such little tiny engines, the a345...now we are talking.....

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 3065 times:

747 easy. No doubt the most beautiful aircraft ever built (after the Caravelle), and still the fastest commercial airliner. I'll never forget the day I saw a Turkish Air A340-300 fly over my house. I live about 9 miles from ORD, so it's pretty low. I know the altitude makes planes look slow, but I swear, this A340 must have been doing 210 kts tops. 744s fly over my house and the house shakes. Can't beat power and performance baby! And those puny CFM56's on the A343 just look bad....I still can't get over the fact that the same base engine that powers the 737 also powers the A340...


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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Hmm, tough one. I think the 744 beats out the A342/3 for me. The A345, on the other hand, is almost up there with the 744. The big engines really make it look good, and the fuselage doesn't go on forever like the A346.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Q



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User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

Emotionally the 747 - just love the size...

but the 340 is good in practice, as I like the 2-4-2 arrangement if there are 2 of you travelling together so you can have a window and aisle with noone in between.



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User currently offlineSky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

The 744 is a great looking aircraft but I love the A346. It is gorgeous with the four engines and being the longest airliner in the world. The 2x4x2 seating configuration IMO is the best config with ever only one seat between you and the aisle.

Happy Flying  Smile


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

The 747 by far any day. It is no competition !!!

User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Hm, from a passenger`s point of view I like the A340 better (2-4-2 vs. 3-4-3 in econ).
Watching the planes doing approaches and take offs I like the 747 more than the A340-2/3.
The A340-600 is at least as impressing to see as a B747, but I don`t know how about an A340-500, never saw one.


User currently offlineZhukov From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

The 747 is very impressive, but it looks too "fat" for me, like an "obese aircraft", even it's a bit rude to say that of this legendary aircraft  Insane

I like the more aggressive design of the A340 better, specially the 500/600 series with their huge engines. I saw A340-600 air display at Le Bourget in 2001 and have to say that I was greatly impressed by the show !

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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Have to say the 747 wins in my book. Its smooth, its large, its pretty!

I like to look at the 340 (all variants). But to fly, it isn't as thrilling as the jumbo IMHO.

Cheers,

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineMalb777 From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

747 all the way for me as far as apperance goes, I have never flown on the A340 at all so cannot comment on the ride.
As for the comment in response 7 that the 747 is fat what do you think the A380 will look "Fatter " and lets not start an A vs B row over this its just a question okay



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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

As for the comment in response 7 that the 747 is fat what do you think the A380 will look "Fatter " and lets not start an A vs B row over this its just a question okay

Since this isn't A vs. B, just 747 vs. A340, what the A380 looks like is irrelevant.

Concordeboy, you can't possibly hate the 747 as much as the A340...  Wow!

-Q



Long live the A330!
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11853 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2959 times:
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Hmmmm let me see....B747 anyday, thank you

User currently offlineFokker50 From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Well, for me, the Boeing 744.

Fokker50



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User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Both are great aircraft, but nothing beats an 345/a346


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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Has to be 747 (any series except SP):


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User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2905 times:

After recently flying two legs in the 744 and two on the A345, I would take the 744. Although the A345 was the SQ leadership, I still loved and enjoyed the feeling of traveling onboard the giant that the 744 is.

User currently offlineSpeedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

I have flown on a 742 (BA), 744 (BA and VS), 343 (VS) and 346 (VS). I have to say that overall I love the A340 series better than the B747 series. I found the A340 to be a much quieter ride, one that felt much more solid too. The interior of the A340 seemed to be much less affected by the movement of the airframe. Now all that said, the A346 I flew on was a very new and extremely well designed aircraft. I am sure that if I flew on a brand new 747 it would even the comparison for me a little.

I found the ride in the A340 to be much quieter than the B747 (no comments on the A340's engines please  Big grin).

I also love that mean downward sloping stance of the A340.

A340 is the clear winner for me.  Smile


User currently offlineBogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 777 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

I think the 747-400 is absolutely beautiful, buy I have to say the new generation A340 500/600 with the larger engines, and specifically the length on the -600 make them now a close second.

User currently offlineVSXA380X800 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months ago) and read 2832 times:

For me its the A340-6 I wouldn't mind the 2/3s though. The 744 looks too fat and looks like my disgusting neighbor. The A340 now looks very Professtional and sleek and just attracts your attention no matter what. When I see the 744( w/e variant) it doesn't look very presentable the upper deck really turned me off and he the nose( from the nose cone to where the wing starts) is hideous. The 744 is definitely a impressive aircraft but its just not one of the most addictive aircrafts out there IMO.

BTW:Zhukov you read my mind!

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4 decks 4 engines 4 long haul
User currently offlineTarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Most people, young and old that know nothing about commercial aircraft can usually tell a 747 from any other aircraft. Even my kids (which have no intrest in aircraft) can tell a 747 when they see the hump. 747s are universal.

I choose the 747 also.


User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Having spent a fair amount of time on the two of these aircraft, I still can't decide:

747 is the queen of the skies, and cannot be mistaken!
A340-600 'feels' nicer to fly in, its smoother, quieter and more comfortable (Im comparing a Virgin 346 to a Virgin 744).

I love them both!! So much so, that I chose my flights so I fly out with VS to LAX tomorrow on a 744, and in two weeks return on the 340 flight....shame they don't use the 600 to LAX!!!


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