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Differences In Riding A 747-200 Vs. -400  
User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Although I have ridden both, I flew a -400 recently and hadn't ridden a -200 in more than 11 years. Has anyone flown both models recently and offer a comparison in regards to:

1. Comfort.
2. Noise
3. Performance (i.e. take-off, landing)

I still haven't made up my mind whether I like the -200 or -400 visually. I like the winglets and increased capacity of the -400. However, I still feel that the -200 looked sleeker and the engines looked more impressive.


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User currently offlineSoaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

I'm not sure, but I think the upper deck is a bit smaller (length, and width wise, also maybe height).

Apart from that maybe slightly more noisy cabin.....

Again I'm not sure...... these r just possibilities that I think....

have fun  Smile

If it ain't Boeing, I'm not going !
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4536 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4005 times:

in this light i can only compare compare BA 747-236 and 747-436.

Obviously, the -200 has a short upper deck. Also it has spiral stairs, as opposed to the -400 which has a straight staircase.

i remember the -200 being less comfortable...the -400 felt slightly smoother (don't ask me how I formed this opinion) but I couldn't tell a difference on take off power. Of course there are other factors that may come into play here.

I love the looks of the classic -100 and -200. but theres also something to be said for Boeing 747-400s with RB211s...simply beautiful.

User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2368 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3946 times:

As AirxLiban said, the B742 has the spiral staircase which is different to the B744 which has one straight staircase.

Having flown on PW powered B747-200s, the takeoff has this type of low rich sound (less powerful sounding) which is quite distinct compared to the B744 (whether it be PW, GE, or RR). The B744's engines are more powerful which also can be heard from the takeoff.

I really can't tell the difference when it comes in flight, where noise levels are concerned.

User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3933 times:

Some NW 747-200's have straight stair cases to the upper deck, others have the spiral stairs. All 747-400's have straight stair cases. From a passengers perspective, I don't see how the ride would be more enjoyable in one over the other.

User currently offlineNightFlier From United States of America, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 284 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

I think everyone expressed the right thoughts about these airplanes. I have flown on the 747-200 but did not have the privilege of flying on the 400 yet. But from what I gather from 747 pilots who have flown both models they prefer the 747-400. I've flown on the 200 six times and recall once sitting in the sixth seat from the last row. That was one noisy bumpy ride.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Airplanes are only as good as the people who fly&fix them.
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8530 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3799 times:

That's why my favorite 744s belong to Qantas and BA. I love those RR engines.

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