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Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing  
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 5020 posts, RR: 51
Posted (12 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8073 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?



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User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 26284 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8023 times:
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It's just you.



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User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7989 times:

This reminds me of something that happened to me when I was F/A. We were landing in LAS on a DC8-62 on a Canadian chartered company. I ws seated in the jumpseat at row 24 right next to a passenger.

The final approach was very bumpy. The lady seated next to was crying with fear. She looked at me and said:

"There is no turbulence on Air Canada....."

What could I answer to such a statement.  Wink/being sarcastic


yul see, ymx will rule
User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7934 times:

I've had the very same thing happen on a WN 737-xxx flying out of FLL. I'd say it was moderate turbulence, nothing too horrid, but definitely reminiscent of a roller-coaster ride. I rather enjoyed it  Smile


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16426 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7925 times:

We were landing in LAS on a DC8-62 on a Canadian chartered company.

Ah-hah! Must have been Nationair!

 Big grin

Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7895 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.  Smile

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7864 times:

I think they are all the same from experience and turbulences are cool!!!  Smokin 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  Big thumbs up made the flight much more interesting!!  Big grin

User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1850 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7825 times:

Let me just say this: A week ago, I flew an A321 and a 737-400 on Saturday & Sunday respectively, and I had equal amounts of turbulence on each. In three words: It's Just You.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzyUSAIRWAYS321 Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineLamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 621 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7769 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!

User currently offlineAY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

I have experienced most turbulence on DC9 and B737-200 on theyr final approach and B757 seems to have turbulence ride every time..but probably AI and B planes are both the same to answer the question.

User currently offlineJames768 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7628 times:

The Airbus is more turbulent because of the inferior build quality. Mind you as they spend more time on the ground while taking off because they are underpowered it all gets cancelled out.

Sory couldn't resist it

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

James768: Not true!

It's just you, FLYYUL. The worst turbulence I've ever experiened was on a B752. It was so bad that some people let out shrieks of fear. I have to admit-I was a bit uneasy myself. It was REALLY bad.

For you, it's just been luck. You hit pretty bad turbulence more often when you're in an Airbus than on a Boeing.


User currently offlineCx346 From Greenland, joined Apr 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7544 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.

User currently offlineHammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7529 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..

User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7503 times:

You are right Yyz717, it was indeed NX  Nuts


yul see, ymx will rule
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