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A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5254 posts, RR: 19
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

I've never been an Airbus fan but this is a stunningly good looking Aircraft and I do appreciate aesthetics !


Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.


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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19345 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Even with its very odd nose?!


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User currently offlineShenzhen From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 1717 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5118 times:

Can't beat the 340-500.

User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21713 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Quoting Shenzhen (Reply 2):

My thoughts too. Generally Airbus haven't had the best looks, often do to clumsy looking fairings and wing tips and gear doors and the bulbous nose of the A320 and A380 but the A345 came together like few other aircraft.



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User currently offlinequestions From Australia, joined Sep 2011, 948 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
Even with its very odd nose?!

What's wrong with the nose? What needs to change about it? Which aircraft has the best nose?


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5254 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4978 times:

I l.ike the nose,.


Interesting ho far out the engines are from the fuselage.


Much wider spaced than the 787.


This will be very quiet inside.



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User currently offlineTristan7977 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4886 times:

I've always thought the A320 had best looks for an Airbus, still do!!! The A350's kind of getting there but not quite...


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User currently offlinerotating14 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 857 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.

Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange ...  


User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10471 posts, RR: 97
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4758 times:
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Quoting Shenzhen (Reply 2):
Can't beat the 340-500.

That's sort of where I'm at too.

The A350-900 can't beat the A340-500 in looks...

Sure blows it away in performance terms though - virtually the same size, but a whole 100 tonnes lighter (268t v 368t), yet giving up only about 500Nm in range. Staggering really  

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User currently offlineawacsooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

It's, in my opinion, the WORST looking plane they've ever put out...the tail section looks like they just gave up and slapped something together at the last minute...it's not even in proportion to the rest of the fuselage. And the nose? They might as well just have chopped off the front end of the 787 and put it there...

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32151 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4597 times:
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IMO, the A350 looks far better painted than unpainted and I'd put it in third place behind the A340-500 and A340-300.

I do think the 787 looks better than the A350.


User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10471 posts, RR: 97
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4547 times:
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Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):
Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange

Whilst I personally agree the 787 isn't "strange" looking, I'm not sure this was the best argument.

If I described a plane as "It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 4 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder", am I describing a) the A340-500 b) the 747-8 c) the A380 ?  
Quoting awacsooner (Reply 9):
And the nose? They might as well just have chopped off the front end of the 787 and put it there...

you don't like the 787 front end then?

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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6254 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

Interesting how far out the engines are from the fuselage.[/quote]

Quoting Max Q (Reply 5):
This will be very quiet inside

It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

That being said, it has my vote for best looking Airbus



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4439 times:

I think the nose looks way better than A300/330/340, that front is all *ss. When coming to looks, I´d say the A350 can join my list with 757, Comet/Caravelle/787. A380 and A320 just look fugly in the front. As do 767, 777 and the 737.

I think the 787-1000 will be the best looker in the air in the future. The A350 will be the best looking Airbus for sure, ever.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3891 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week ago) and read 4245 times:

The nose might look strange from some angles, but if you open the large version of this photo for example...
that's one lovely looking aircraft!


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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3087 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 12):
It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

Why will this be?



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

The A350 nose does look a little blunt. Its hard to imagine that nose being aerodynamic, the same goes for the A380 nose.

My favourite Airbus of all time is the A300B4. I like its size and simplicity, inside and out.

Shame Airbus don't get a bit of Italian styling into their airframes.


User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):

Change that to 4 engines and you have an Airbus A380, yet most people call that thing "strange" or "ugly"  


User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):

I agree, its a lovely looking at that angle and im glad someone got it at that angle. Pity it doesn't have the wing flex like the 787. But the winglets make it look just as good!


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27882 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 16):
My favourite Airbus of all time is the A300B4. I like its size and simplicity, inside and out.

+1 had so many nice flights on OA's A300-B4s over the years they were wonderful. If I could choose to bring back any aircraft it would be that one.

The A350 is lovely in design and I cant wait to fly it. Just have not had the same enthusiasm about the B787 and not in a rush to get on one. Dont get me wrong its an impressive aircraft inside and out but can wait to fly on it. Id rather bag another B777 flight.


User currently offlineDUSint From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):
I'd put it in third place behind the A340-500 and A340-300.

Indeed. Though I somehow like the length of the -600.
What I like about the -300 are the small engines. Yes, I may be the only one... Point is, that they look a bit old fashioned compared to all those huge drums aka GE90, Trent1000, etc.

Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):
Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange ...

The devil is in the detail - as often in life.
My opinion: The 789 and esp. 78J will be looking great!

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
Even with its very odd nose?!

At the very moment the 350 is in the air and the gear's retracted, the nose looks fantastic! Sleek, a bit in "attack-mode".


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

I like the A350, unique looker, obviously not appealing to everyone.

Would be interesting to visually see everyones own idea of what the modern airliners should look like.

I am very happy with both airbus and boeings result, as I could not make them look any better.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11042 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3805 times:

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.

The B-787-8 Dreamliner is waaaay more beautiful by far!

Flex wings... so sexy!!

     

Curved wing tips? mehh...

It's all a matter of personal taste.

  



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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 2053 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

I don't find the A350 particularly attractive, much preferring the nose of the A330/40 (and A300 before then), with the A345 being the perfect length. The long straight fuselage of the A350looks a bit 767/777ish to me.

The 787 is nicer looking than the A350, it just seems sleeker to me, and has sexier wings!



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

Her weird, awkward nose disqualifies her from earning the title of "Best looking Airbus".

In my opinion the best looking Airbuses ever are the A330/340, perfectly proportioned and that gorgeous A300-style nose section is the best thing Airbus has ever designed, not only it's aesthetically superior but it looks so aerodynamic too. I was disappointed that Airbus did away with it, it defined Airbus widebodies since the roll out of the first A300, the very first Airbus.


User currently offlineplanewasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 557 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Am I the only one that think the A400 is the best looking Airbus?   

User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3612 posts, RR: 6
Reply 26, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
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The a321 is, and always will be, the best looking Airbus ever!          


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User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

I completely disagree: the A350's nose looks weird/clunky and the tail section is strange (the part where it's getting smaller). Somehow it looks out of proportion.

To me the A330-300 is breathtaking; elegant, refined and sleek.


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2875 posts, RR: 49
Reply 28, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 12):
Quoting Max Q (Reply 5):This will be very quiet inside
It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

Explain, please.

If the vertical stabilizer and rudder are properly sized why would engine out performance (or more to the point, handling) be poor? I'm pretty confident the Airbus flight control guys have this nailed down.


User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Quoting planewasted (Reply 25):
Am I the only one that think the A400 is the best looking Airbus?

Yeah, I think you're the only one, a military plane is not what comes to mind when most folks hear the name "Airbus".


User currently offlinelugie From Germany, joined Jun 2013, 195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

I think the 350 is a very good looking aircraft. I don't understand what people dislike about the nose...
However, I still find the A340-600 a little bit better looking.
My Airbus hitlist:
1. A340-600
2. A350-900 (I can't wait to see the -1000, I just do love loooong planes)
3. A321

worst:
3. A318
2. A340-200/300
1. A380-800 (so fascinatingly big yet such an ugly whale)



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