Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14756 times:
Having TWA as an airline for many years, I have to say I never really got a good chance to answer this question, as TWA's fleet consisted of old aircraft like the DC-9, 741, L-1011, and 727. The 757 I would think is one of the quietest, but STL rarely gets aircraft bigger than that nowadays. So, what, in your opinion, is then is the quietest airliner (jet) that you have seen/heard?
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14654 times:
I'm probably gonna get beat up for this... A340-300...
The 717 might be quieter than the MD80/DC9 series, but I've had the dubious pleasure of sitting right next to the engines on 4 flights between LIH, HNL and OGG - and back there, it really wasn't all that quiet.
Although I'll agree with you that the MD80/DC9/717 series is a dream of quiet flying if you're in one of the first 5 rows...
YEGspotter From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14559 times:
I would have to agree with ATA L1011 - 717's and the BAE 146 are probably the quietest jet airliners I've heard. I recently spent a few hours in HNL watching the departing flights and Hawaiian's 717's were remarkably quiet (especially when compared to Aloha's 732's!!) The CRJ is also quiet, but I think the 717 has it beat....
Luisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14537 times:
My choice goes to the VICKERS VC-10.
Everybody who flew that aircraft knows that the cabin of VC-10 was one of the most well insonorized ever built. And with the engines on the rear, like a DC-9, the VC-10 is absolutelly quiet.
I remember some friends on BOAC, now retired, they say that somepeople went to the offices of BOAC to buy their tickets, and they requested flights with the VC-10, and when they didn't knew the name of the plane, they say "that airplane with four engines on the rear".
Very nice aircraft... Here one foto... just to kill the "*SAUDADES"!
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13930 times:
I'll have to agree with many of you in that the 717 is probably the quietest plane (at least that I've been on) from the passenger's perspective. In its "class", though, I think the A330-200 or 300 is the quietest.
As for which is quietest according to an outside observer, you really need to look at the exact noise footprints to determine that. I don't think it can come down to personal opinion...