Airbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3258 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.....
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3254 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...
Q330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3248 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.
Sky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3235 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.
Hirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 596 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3210 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.
Zhukov From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3200 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
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 !
Here are two pictures that highlight well the distinguished lines of A340:
Malb777 From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3159 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
thank god i was not born a bird. this type of flying is much better
Ozzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3094 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.
Speedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3065 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 ).
I also love that mean downward sloping stance of the A340.
VSXA380X800 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3021 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.
Tarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3018 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.