FLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4930 posts, RR: 53 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3894 times:
Since I have been flying..
Ive always noted something, that every Airbus I step into offers me a turbulent ride. In the last year, I have been working part-time for NW/CO at YUL, and have flown on many CO 737's, NW 319/320/757's/DC9's....
The 757/767 just seem like such graceful aircraft that handle turbulence so well. Meanwhile in the A320, everytime we climb out of FLL we seem to be bouncing around in every which direction.
My experience was repeated in January when I flew to YYZ. The 767 ride was bumpy, but the turbulence just seemed liek a "no big deal" type of thing. It felt like nothing... then on the A320 ride home, it seemed like the plane was shaking.
I decided to inquire about this, asking DC9 pilots qualified on the A320 about their experiences... and they say the same thing as me. I asked them about the A330/340 model, and they say that the 763/777 family is much easier on the turbulence.
So what do you think of this? Is it just me, or is Boeing aircraft just that much better for turbulence?
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3716 times:
It's probably just you. I've experienced turbulence on Boeings too. I've only flown once on an Airbus(Ansett A320) and the flight was pretty smooth as i recall. The 737 can get pretty bumpy in turbulence- even the NG models rock around a bit. I've felt it in a 747-400 too, although only very light. A little bit of turbulence is fun, i enjoy it. It makes the flight a little more interesting.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
I think they are all the same from experience and turbulences are cool!!!
They make the flights so much more interesting. Reminds me once on MH B744 from TPE-LAX the turbulence over Japanese skies and onward for a rather long time and I was trying to sleep... the wings looked like they almost fell off .haha made the flight much more interesting!!
Lamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 620 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3590 times:
Well i can tell that the A310-2 is awfull...it does take much of wind to get into turbulence, i didn't really like my first ride on the A310.
The A320 NW was allright smooth, but the 737-2 is the best!
Cx346 From Greenland, joined Apr 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3365 times:
all the dismissive and unnecessary comments notwithstanding, i do believe that even though objectively aircraft will experience the same amount of turbulence, the different sound-profile of the cabin and size/weight of the aircraft might explain why passengers experience turbulences differently. A heavy craft like the Boeing 747-400 feels less bumpy (especially on the upper deck) than does the lighter Airbus 340. It's not about Airbus vs. Boeing, but about the weight of the aircraft in particular.
Hammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 677 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
I recently flew from IAH-TPA on a CO 757--then a NWA 320 from TPA-DTW and they both were a little bumpy right after takeoff but that was it for the bumps..so it is just you, you must have had a bad expierence with the Airbus..