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.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
awacsooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2625 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5399 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...
astuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10919 posts, RR: 97
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5323 times:
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...
sweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1836 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5215 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.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30014 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4856 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.
DUSint From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4723 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!
AirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4480 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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L0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1933 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4361 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.
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 3067 posts, RR: 48
Reply 28, posted (2 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3883 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.
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.
lugie From Germany, joined Jun 2013, 248 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3684 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:
2. A350-900 (I can't wait to see the -1000, I just do love loooong planes)
1. A380-800 (so fascinatingly big yet such an ugly whale)
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star