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Quietest Airliner In The World?  
User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 4 months ago) and read 12191 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?


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User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months ago) and read 12140 times:

I'd have to go with the CRJ.


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User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months ago) and read 12122 times:

Simple: The 717. You could hear a pin drop at take off. The ERJ-145 is very quiet as well, for a RJ.

Kris



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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months ago) and read 12100 times:

The 717 and BAE 146/Avro's are very quiet on takeoff hardly any noise.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months ago) and read 12089 times:

I'm probably gonna get beat up for this... A340-300...  Big grin

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...



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User currently offlineYEGspotter From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11994 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....

User currently offlineLuisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11972 times:

hii folks!!

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".

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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11950 times:

Well from a recent flights I have to say the A340-200-300-600

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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 889 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11952 times:

The quietest commercial jet I've flown in is the 717. Granted, it's noisier towards the back, but in that area it's not as noisy as the DC-9/MD80.

The A340-200 is the quietest widebody I've flown in.

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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11820 times:

SAUDADE

One of the many excellent BOAC commercials at the time stated:-

VC10 - leaves all the noise behind!

Others were:-

VC10 - Serenely Supreme!

VC10 - Love at First Flight!

Try a Little VC10derness!

Obligado!





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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11737 times:

I have a poster on my wall that says "BOAC cares.........about going places,quietly."

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User currently offlineVSGirl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11687 times:

For its class the Airbus A342/3 has the quietest cabin for PAX. For people on the ground I think its the Avro Liner?

Not sure about this one...

Kimberly.



User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11647 times:

According to FAA measurements, I'd say the MD-90. At least from the outside.

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11626 times:

I cant certainly guarantee you all that it is NOT the Boeing 727.....



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User currently offlineVSGirl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11624 times:

Oh ya, forgot about the MD90...

User currently offlineTolosy From Luxembourg, joined Oct 2003, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11509 times:

At Heathrow, outside the terminals, a huge ad says that the quietest aircraft is the A340. Could be true...





User currently offlineVSGirl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11515 times:

That Ad is talking about the cabin  Big grin I see it every time I go to work (when its not foggy).

Kimberly.


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11430 times:

Out of what I heard yesterday @ SOU...

Two simultaneous take offs that consisted of an ERJ-145 and a BAe 146-200.

The ERJ was the quietest by far!

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11365 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...

qantasA332


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11847 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11322 times:
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Are we talking about the quietest airliner for a passenger or for some one watching a plane take off???

User currently offlineMartin21 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11272 times:

Fokker 70 maybe ?!

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User currently offlineSNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11187 times:

dont find the Avro/ BAE very quiet. The F70 however was a bliss. Both are reasonably quiet on the outside though.

The only time i saw a VC10 was when it came to AMS due to fog in Eindhoven. (RAF from Brizr Norton) It could not take off once the fog cleared because it would exceed the (daily) noise pollution level  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13255 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11178 times:
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Regrettably, Concorde is now the quietest airliner in the world.  Sad


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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11171 times:

Okay, I don't get it.

The VC-10 and the IL-62 have much the same design. How can one be so quiet and the other so earsplitting?



User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2451 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11071 times:

I would have to say the FRJ that ACA flies. The only time that it is really loud is when they are starting up the engines and starting their taxi. Other than that, I barely hear them take off or land.

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25 B2707SST : According to the FAA's noise documentation, the Fairchild-Dornier 328JET (FRJ) has, on average, the lowest external noise levels on takeoff, approach,
26 Dragon-wings : Quietest business jet is the Cessna 560 Citation Excel. On take off the plane has like a low jet engine "whistle" sound. At my home airport (ISP) plan
27 Speedbudgie : I am going to have to say the A340 series. Not only did the cabin seem to have reduced engine noise, but overall vibration, creaking etc., seemed to b
28 Boeing nut : According to FAA measurements, I'd say the MD-90. At least from the outside. I whole heartedly agree. I used to work at FLL, and one time I was able t
29 Jetguy : The quietest airliner in the world? Unquestionably the Air Canada B757 - The Gimli Glider.
30 Post contains images N863DA : Gimli Glider was a 767.... But yes, when the MD-90 was unveiled, it was touted as, "the world's quietest jetliner." As to whether it still is... I am
31 FlyLAX : 717 hands down. One flew over me today sounded like a soft breeze.
32 9V-SVC : For widebodies , A330-200 powered by RR engines gets my vote. Very quiet take off , cruising and landing .
33 Post contains images Fly727 : My choices: Dash-8-400Q (Q is for Quiet). Fokker-100/70 717/MD90 I think I has it right. RM
34 Celestar : Since I fly a lot on CX, I have to make my decision based on CX fleet. I was on A340-600 three times within 2 weeks and sitting in the business class
35 Positive rate : There is a bit of a misconception here about the VC-10. It may have been a quiet airplane on the inside but on the outside it was an earsplitter! I ha
36 Sovietjet : Yes the VC-10 is definetly not quiet. Neither is the Il-62 for that matter. Basic Il-62s with NK-8 engines were very loud. Today's Il-62 is with the q
37 FLTGUY : The quietest airplane is definitely the MD family as far as cabins go and the plane slices through turbulence the smoothest of any airliner airbuses a
38 N754pr : Have you heard a A340-600 depart??
39 UAL747DEN : If ya trust the Airbus website than the 340 is the quietist airliner in the world.
40 BR715-A1-30 : 717!
41 Baw2198 : BAE-146 series, definetly the quietist.
42 Necigrad : CRJ. You can barely hear the engines run when you're OUTSIDE. And I swear that the APU is much louder then the engines!
43 Lgbguy : The 717 is the quietest a/c operating today, so quiet in fact that it does not have to perform the standard noise abatement departure from John Wayne
44 Singapore 777 : Yet another stupid remark - "Airbuses are nothing but noisy & clumbsy". I have flown on the A340-300 a couple of times and I do agree wholeheartedly w
45 Startvalve : all those 727s parked out in the desert are pretty quiet.
46 Mog : Inflight, extended periods, the CRJ family are very quiet. But just wait till they get to lower the landing gear . . . and then land as well as taxi l
47 N766UA : 717. When I first heard one takeoff I was stunned.
48 EagleyeFLL : The 717 has been mentioned often in this topic, but the A320 is just as quiet on takeoff and hands down is the most stealth on landing of any airliner
49 AZMD80 : The quitest Airplane from outside in my opinion is the ARJ 100. The quitest Aicraft from inside I've ever took is The A 340. bie
50 Post contains images Obithomas : How about the Gimli Glider? [Edited 2003-12-30 19:36:36]
51 Trent900 : From watching aircraft fly overhead at 4000' going into Heathrow I would say the A340-600, A330 2nd and 777 3rd. Trent.
52 Post contains links and images Bongo : Maybe this one? View Large View MediumPhoto © Joachim Lippl - Helionline Sorry, I couldn't resist
53 Yx717pusher : When Reno-Air was still around, at least two of their MD-90's (N901RA and N902RA) had a special "Orange County Flyer" title added to their standard li
54 777ER : When the B757-200 lands at WLG and I'm at College which is about 400 metres from WLG in Strathmore I don't even know that it has landed cause it is th
55 DeltaRules : From a passenger's standpoint, I was extremely surprised how quiet the 727 was the last time I was on one in 2002. As for the exterior, I'd vote for t
56 Trident : The Bristol Britannia was known as "The Whispering Giant".
57 Marcopolo747 : FOR THE LUCKY PASSENGERS, MOST AIRLINERS WITH ENGINES IN THE REAR ARE/WERE VERY QUIET : VC-10s, CARAVELLES, 1-11s, DC-9s, MD-80s, ALL JET FOKKERS and
58 A330 : The A340 series. FACT.
59 Garnetpalmetto : I'll have to chime in and say the FRJ's pretty darn quiet...quieter than the CRJs I've been on at least.
60 Thrust : Thanks, all of you. You have informed me of some jets I didn't know about before, and I will certainly keep this in mind. As a St. Louisan, I had the
61 VS340 : Its amazing that the VC-10 was so quiet inside when they made such an incredible amount of noise outside. CRJ's are extremely quiet , and i think your
62 ANX4fishing : What flight was it that ran out of fuel over the Atlantic and glided to the Azores(?)?
63 Post contains links Pr1268 : Not an airliner, but the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) C-17 GlobeMaster III is VERY quiet - I witnessed one taking off back in 1996 (brand new then) and
64 Petrouchka : ANX4fishing, that was an Air Transat A330.
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