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How Is The Airbus A320?  
User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1956 posts, RR: 19
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9274 times:

Hello Everyone! I'm flying from MCO-MEM-IND in less than 2 weeks on Northwest. I've never flown on an Airbus aircraft simply because Delta doesn't operate any and Delta is just about the only airline I ever get around to flying on. What are your thoughts on the A320? How are its takeoffs/landings or climbing performance? I have occasionally heard people refer to it as the Scarebus A320. Why is this? Any comment on the A320 is appreciated. Also, if anyone has flown on the A320 with Northwest please comment on NWA's service on that jet. Thanks!!



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User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9205 times:

Dlx737200:
I have had the pleasure of flying with airbus' countless times, and I love it. I have gotten the feeling when in the aircraft, that it seems more spacious than the 73X series. This may be a perspective thing as I dont know the actual sizes. As for the performance, I quite like the particular sound it makes on takeoff roll. Slightly different to the 737. Takeoffs and landings are all dependant on the pilot, and so I can say I have had very nice and soft landings, and others very hard. You will enjoy it, I am sure. Have fun and safe flying!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineKillerbabe From Netherlands, joined Aug 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9146 times:

I flew the NWA A320 from Miami to Detriot and a UA A319 from Los Angeles to San Fransisco.
The flights were great and the service on board the NWA aircraft was great too, but the service on UA was on my flight horrible.
The other flight I take in the US was on the west-coast and flown by Alaska Airlines and they fly the 737 and on those flight, it is my favorite airplane


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9113 times:

If you have flown Delta 738s you will notice little difference. The 737s have a higher cabin, the 32X has a wider aisle. There really are few differences from a Pax. perspective.

User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9089 times:

Well, I always felt very safe in the A320, safer than in any other plane. I don't really know why.
From my experience, it's much more comfortable than a 737, but that probably depends on the airline.
If you are located ahead of the wing, you'll probably notice the buzz sound coming from the engine: it's normal !


User currently offlineAirBerlin From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9068 times:

I find that A320 are more comfortable that 737's. They are much more comfortable than the NW DC-9's. One difference you will hear is a loud buzzing noise during takeoff due to less insulation.

AL


User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 706 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9035 times:

Slightly more spacious than 737. A little bit noisy (depending where you seat) - my subjective impression is that in the front of the cabin it is actually more noisy than the 737 (and definitely more noisy than MD80 series), but in the back less noisy than the 737NG. Take-off and landing - similar to most other twins (737 or MD80), but not as spectacular as 757. In turbulence and ground roll on "rough" terrain seems a little bit more "flimsy" than any American-made planes, with a lot of noise from shaking and rattling interior fitting panels and overhead bins, but this probably has nothing to do with the real strength of the airplane. (Have even been in a French car? If yes, your probably understand what I'm talking about.) Nice and very functional, although slightly outdated interior design. Overall, good plane but nothing special. Why "Scarebus"? Well, maybe because it has scared the sh** out of Boeing  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9014 times:

"Well, maybe because it has scared the sh** out of Boeing"

Well, they should be scared  Big thumbs up



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8995 times:

Have even been in a French car? If yes, your probably understand what I'm talking about.

I suspect this is a punishment for all the "Belgian jokes" we used in France.

What the hell are you talking about ? LADA is not a French brand as far as I know.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8956 times:

I flown on 738 and A320 and noticed the following

A320 is noisier in fwd cabin, quieter aft
A320 is slightly wider, but the 737 seemed to have slightly more headroom
A320 seemed a lil flymsier than the 737, but the 738 it wansnt as bumpy a flt
Overall i prefer the 737, but thats a mix of aircraft itself and service/flt experience. In the end, the A320 and 737NG seem to be about n even match.

why Scarebus? because it scared the sh*t outa Boeing...
why 737? because its 3 times better than airbus.



CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8919 times:

I've flown on both and couldn't see a lot of difference between the types. They both are very good. Wouldn't choose one over the other.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1956 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 8807 times:

Thank you guys! I never called it the Scarebus A320 ( I couldn't anyway because I've never flown on it ). I heard other people like on trip reports, call it the Scarebus A320. Anyhow, thanks again for all your imput. I'm really looking forward to my flight. The only thing that SUCKS is that right now I'm in 25B ( a middle seat ) and there are NO opening anywhere. Maybe, if I'm lucky, I can get a window seat on the day of departure at the airport. Keep the comments coming if there are any more. Thanks!

-DLX737200


User currently offlineMarcJet66 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 118 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 8751 times:

You're going to see that there is no much difference from any other aircraft in its class. Of course it is a excuse for everybody talk bad about one plane compare to another. But I'm sure you're going to like and notice that it looks a bit roomier than the 737, and probably a bit more noise than the 737NG
But certainly a great plane to fly!!!



Marcos
User currently offlinePaddy From Taiwan, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8667 times:

I've flown on the 319/320/321 and thought they were all great planes. Stable, plenty of performance and relatively comfortable. They do have a funny take-off noise, almost like a little motorcycle. As for the "Scarebus" title there is really no reason for it. I've been through some serious chop aboard Airbus planes and I felt perfectly safe. Its probably just a stupid pun that some protectionist wanker here in the US thought up. Although I do like the "scared the shit out of Boeing" explanation! So true...
Anyway, I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a superior plane to comparable Boeing products, but it certainly is a worthy competitor and alternative.


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8581 times:

I've flown on the A320 a few times a while ago on Northwest and Air Nippon and I remembered it to be a nice plane. I remembered the service on NW to be excellent with a great breakfast on the MEM-MSP and the MEM-SEA flights and a nice dinner on SEA-MEM. However this was back in 1996-1999 and you can't expect meal service like that anymore. Crews on NW are usually pretty nice and so is the ground staff. On-time performance is usually top-notch. I've done a lot of flying on the 737-700 and -800 lately and I love flying on it but since it's been so long since I've been on an A320 so I can't really make a good comparison.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21875 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8575 times:

I haven't flown a 737NG to date, but I can say that I much prefer NWs 320s to its 757s, and its DC9s. It is noisy right around the engines, but all planes are noisy, so it makes little difference.
You'll also probably hear a noise that sounds like a wounded dog coming from the hold. It's only the hydraulic system. I always was puzzled as to that until I read the explanation on Frontier's website.



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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8470 times:

You probably heard it referred to as scarebus because a) the person was joking or b) it was some idiot who thinks that anything that isn't boeing is going to fall out of the sky.


I have flown on both the 320 and the 73's recently... youll find them very similar, with the A320 having a bit more room to wiggle in your seat, but the 73 having a high ceiling. The A320 has very strong climb performance...similar feeling to the 757. From what I remember, it lands very smooth and rides well in turbulence. I dont remember any rattling. It isn't as solid is a big heavy widebody, but it is a good ride.

Make sure you take a peek at the cockpit.. it's really snazzy looking up there. nice and roomy without the yokes.



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineB2707SST From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 1371 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8423 times:

I've flown 737NGs on AS and CO, and flew my first A320 on BMI this summer, and can honestly saw I didn't notice any major differences between the aircraft. Airbus and Boeing fans may hype the A320's wider seats/aisle or the 737's higher ceiling, but I think you will be hard-pressed to find any substantial differences. The A320 vs. 737 Classics is another matter: the new interior on the 737NG helps a lot.

--B2707SST



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User currently offlineMarcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8180 times:


I have been flying 737s since 1968, the 100s series ! As a matter of fact, VP was one of the few airlines in the world to fly the 100 series. As a matter of fact, it still flies two (PP-SMA and PP-SMC) , then they were very advanced, RG was flying L188s and SC Caravelles ! Except for the lesser noise levels, no big difference from the early 737s to the 73W or 73H.

The A320's flight seems less "nervous" , approaches and touch downs less shaky even in adverse weather.

Luckily some airlines fly 737s and other 320s so that we can vary when we feel like it.


User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8139 times:

I've flew both last year and I definately prefered the Airbus to the 738. The Airbuses were LAX-EWR-LAX in Sept. of '02 and the 738 were LAX-EWR-LAX in Aug of '03. I found that the seat width was much wider on the Airbus, though the Airbus was UA and the 738 was CO. I also like the underseat room on the Airbus better. When I flew the 738, I couldn't fit my backback under the seat, but had no problem getting a larger carryon under the Airbus. I also noticed that the 738 in CO seem to have a box underneath that prevents comfortable foot placement. One last thing, the legroom was far better on the Airbus. Just my Two Cents

Brian
Aer Lingus Rocks



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User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8120 times:

Thanks for flying with NWA ! ! !

Have a great trip.


The A320 with NWA holds 16F and 132Y. If you sit upfront you'll notice on take off it sounds like a wild weed waker. Then gets quiet at altitude. Depending on when the airplane came into the fleet you will either get one of two things. A very comfortable seat. Or the new thin one. Still comfortable but not as much as the older ones. Have a great trip and get some good BBQ in MEM.

Safe Flying  Smile



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User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8096 times:

Qantas Domestic flies both A320's and B737..


[Edited 2004-01-13 03:07:01]

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8041 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8029 times:

After the problems with the fly-by-wire system that caused a couple of crashes were sorted out by the early 1990's, the A320 has proved to be a pretty reliable and well-liked airplane. The only downside is that the overhead bin design really cuts down on headroom, something I hope Airbus addresses with a newer overhead bin design soon.

I see the A320 probably get new interiors and possibly next-generation jet engines in the 23,000-25,000 lb. thrust range by 2010.


User currently offlineAzmi From Lebanon, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7948 times:

Back in the eighties,I flew AF A300 Paris to London,and I swear I did not know
that the aircraft had landed and was actually on the tarmac,it was the best best landing I ever had in my life.( I have flown close to a thousand times.)



fly all airlines,visit all countries
User currently offlineEham From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7831 times:

flew on the A320 twice:
* Swissair
* BMi

...I prefer the A320 over the 737-series, more spacious cabin  Big thumbs up


25 767-332ER : I have had the pleasure to fly on NWA's A319 and A320's a few times and then IB A320 and A321's and they are great a/c. Smooth flight, very quiet int
26 Tomgib : You´ll really like it... Like others have already said, it makes different noises, but one thing that´s substancially more quiet than on a Boeíng i
27 Tolosy : Honestly, the 320 is my favourite, spacious and really comfortable. You should try Jet Blue. I love these Airbus... I think the same as you Azmi, 300
28 5NEOO : After the problems with the fly-by-wire system that caused a couple of crashes were sorted out by the early 1990's, the A320 has proved to be a pretty
29 Boo25 : Well, with over 2100 built now, in the last 15 years or so, perhaps yoour feelings should be allayed. 151 United AL (N) 55x A319, 96x A320 141 Northwe
30 9V-SVC : I have flown both B737 and A320 and honestly speaking , I prefer flying on A320 . 737 is a good plane and besides if it's 3 times better then A320, th
31 Delta320 : DLX737200, You will have a great flight on the A.320...I have flown 159 A.320's over the past 9 years and it is a great Aircraft. It has flown me safe
32 Dlx737200 : Thanks everyone! I am so excited now about this trip. I hope to get some great pictures and build some great memories based on this flight. I only wis
33 Aerobalance : Generally, I like the plane, but on my HP flight yesterday from LAS-ONT I was quite aware of an auditory harmonic oscillation, at FL280 that just abou
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