Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Best Aircraft For Longhaul Economy Flights  
User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

I have never flown an Airbus widebody, but I have flown all the the other widebodies. (L-1011, DC-10, 747, 767 and 777) I have found that the 767-300ER is the most comfortable. (in economy non-charter) It doesn't feel like a cattle herd in there. The 2-3-2 seating is imho the best seating arrangement for a widebody. (passenger wise) Of course, I haven't flown on the A340 (yet, we're taking the AOM A342 this summer!) So what do you guys think is the most comfortable longhaul aircraft in economy? Comments on the A340 are welcome also. Thanks

14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Agree with you 100% there.... its very spacious and you dont feel crowded on a 767
 

For Economy: 767

For Business: 777 or Md 11

For First: 747


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

i have only been economy once internationally and that was on BA but hearing from other peoples experiences, i have heard mostly the 777 and the 767,
buissness-MD-11,777,767,747
first-747,777
it also depends on what airline so lets say you are flying AA(ORD-NRT) and you fly buissness class, your experience could be different on another airline, AA tends to offer more leg room in business class and you may decide that legroom is better on AA, if you were flying a JAL 777 from ORD-NRT, buissness class, your experience could be better or worse, i really have to say it depends on which airline you are flying on.



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently onlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2008 times:

In the first place it depends on the airline. I think the less seats in a row the better. This means best B-767 and then A-330/340. I love these aircrafts (specially SR A-330-200). With the 2-4-2 seating you are never more than one seat away from the aisle.

User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2006 times:

Thanks for the responses so far. Does anyone have an opinion on the A340 vs. 767-300.

ps...I'm only talking about economy cabin space on non charter airlines. I've found most layouts to be nearly identical (eg. . i've never seen a 763 in anything other than 2-3-2 seating.) I'm mainly interested in the "feel" of the aircraft from the inside, not necessarily seat pitch etc. Remember, I'm only talking about economy here. I don't think i'll ever be able to afford business, but if one day I can i'm sure i'll have better things to spend my money on.....Thanks,
Ben


User currently offlineHaanZ From New Zealand, joined May 2000, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Hi all


I've flown 343 CPH-SIN (SQ) and 763 SIN-AKL (NZ) consecutively - they had both a spacious layout and a good, uncrowded feeling, even if the flights were quite busy. Same for the 763 that took me AKL-RAR (NZ).

My last 744 flight was weird - about 100 pax travelling AKL-LHR via LAX.

Comfy as, with me sitting in one window seat and the nearest co-passenger was in the opposite window seat.

A340 is a narrow favorite. (Looking forward to seeing them in SAS' fleet)


User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Just to inform you: Some charter airlines (or holiday airlines) like Britannia fly their B767 in a 2-4-2 seating configuration. Must be like hell!

Regards
Udo


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

I agree that the 2-3-2 layout of the 767 is best. As far as the "feeling" of space it all depends on the configuration of the aircraft for example I once flew on a TWA 767 which had a 1st class section and the rest was coach. Coach was divided into two sections, one smaller than the other, I was in the smaller section and of course it felt more cramped than the other.( On an AA 767 I flew, that particular section was business.)




User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Depending on the airline you fly with and were you sit in it. If you have a window or aisle seat its the 747-400 for me. I also rate the spaciousness of the Jumbo clearly over its smaller "competitors". Especially in economy.
But if it comes to airlines better fly with a A340 of Lufthansa or Air France rather than with an old 747 of BA. I´ve only flown once in a 777 and I found nothing, absolutely nothing special about it. Okay, its the most recent product and some details show it, but thats it. It lacks the grandeur of the 747 and there´s no space advantage at all.
One last point: Avoid a 757 and almost any cheap charter on long range (Someone mentioned the Britannia 767 cattle carriers). I twice made that mistake. One time because I wanted to save money, the other time because the luxury cruise line I booked a trip on obviously wanted to save money on ferry flights. A nightmare in a Tristar.


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Depending on the airline you fly with and were you sit in it. If you have a window or aisle seat its the 747-400 for me. I also rate the spaciousness of the Jumbo clearly over its smaller "competitors". Especially in economy.
But if it comes to airlines better fly with a A340 of Lufthansa or Air France rather than with an old 747 of BA. I´ve only flown once in a 777 and I found nothing, absolutely nothing special about it. Okay, its the most recent product and some details show it, but thats it. It lacks the grandeur of the 747 and there´s no space advantage at all.
One last point: Avoid a 757 and almost any cheap charter on long range (Someone mentioned the Britannia 767 cattle carriers). I twice made that mistake. One time because I wanted to save money, the other time because the luxury cruise line I booked a trip on obviously wanted to save money on ferry flights. A nightmare in a Tristar.


User currently offlineGoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

For economy: B767 -- you have only 1 seat stuck in the middle vs. 2 in A330/340, 3 in 777 and 4 in 747
For business I disagree with people saying that the 777 is better than the A330/340 because in most airlines (except for DL) business in the 777 is configured 2-3-2 whereas the A330/340 has always 2-2-2. The 767 for business is not as convenient as all airlines configures the cabin 2-2-2 giving a seat almost as narrow as in economy.
For first class: obviously the queen of the skies: B747


User currently offlineLauda 777 From Sweden, joined May 1999, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

I think the 777 is the one who feels most rommy! I have flown: 767, 747, L-1011 and 777

Best Regards, Lauda 777 from Stockholm, Sweden



Joystick for flightsim. Yokes for real planes.
User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

I think the 747 is great for economy longhaul. That's because I like the 3-4-3 seating.

Tg 747-300



intentionally left blank
User currently offline747sp_rulez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

I have flown on both Virgin and Austrian A340's, and on SAA 747's. I have to say I prefered the 747....the A340 rumbled a bit, and if you're lucky on a 747 to get all 3 seats to yourself, you can stretch out really nicely! However, on the A340, you can't stretch out on two seaters, so when you walk up the aisles at night, you see tons of legs dangling out of chairs!!!       ")

User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

I flew Britannia 767-200ER from HUY-SFB Via Shannon a few years back. How small are there seats, they are so tiny, for a 9 hour flight they are way to small 2-4-2, now they charge for bulkhead and exit seats. Apparently they have the smallest seats in the sky?

I have travelled on DC-10, 747-100, 200, 400 and 777 schedueld. I find the 777 the most comfortable, the seats are nore ergonomic. This was the 3-3-3 layout, I think this is better than the 2-5-2 layout. The -400 is also very spacious, but again it all depends on the carrier.



Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Best Aircraft For First Class posted Wed Dec 31 2003 22:05:31 by Mckennasmall
Best Aircraft For Lowcost, posted Mon Dec 30 2002 21:46:11 by Yak42
Is Guanzhou The Best Hub For Cargo Flights? posted Mon May 29 2006 12:52:09 by EK156
Backup Aircraft For Vvip Flights posted Thu May 4 2006 17:19:48 by TristarSteve
Which Airline Is Better For Longhaul Flights? posted Wed Nov 26 2003 17:47:19 by Tony Lu
Which Aircraft For These Flights? posted Sun Nov 9 2003 19:41:40 by Jkw777
Best 50-70 Seat Aircraft For Midwest Operator? posted Thu Jul 25 2002 20:34:37 by ALSF 2
Where Can I Find The Best Deals For FLights? posted Mon May 20 2002 01:20:22 by Yazoo
The Best Airline For Each Aircraft posted Sat Nov 13 1999 16:37:46 by A340-600
Delta SkyMiles For SQ Award Flights, Upgrades posted Sun Nov 19 2006 21:07:18 by RetroLivery