Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 725 times:
Hi guys, especially Sabena freaks,
This Summer on AUG 7, I will be on flight SN2295 from Brussels to Stockholm. The flight is operated by a Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Now, I have heard and I assume they are not as comfortable and the interior isn't as new as their A320 aircraft. I'm wondering if economy is good enough or if it's unacceptable and I should fly C-class. Are there leather seats? What about the Brussels Lounge, is it good? Has anyone had any experience on this aircraft at Sabena, or - as it will be my first SN flight - with Sabena itself? Any help or comment accepted! Thanks!
Jb From Sweden, joined Aug 1999, 147 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 689 times:
I have been flying Gothenburg-Brussels in business class 2 times both with A321 and B737-300 and the difference is obvious. The first thing is that the Airbus is a newer aircraft than the Boing with leather seats and TV monitors. The 737 feels a little bit old in the interior.
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3026 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 685 times:
Well, it's indeed possible that you might see a difference in quality, since the 737-300's have been in service in Sabena for nearly 20 years or so I think.
Nevertheless, I've flown a SN737-300, and you shouldn't worry. They're still OK and well-maintained. Sabena Technics has a very good reputation concerning the maintenance of Boeing aircraft, including the 737.
So, just relax, and enjoy the flight. Don't panic that it's a 737-300 instead of an airbus.
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 670 times:
I think you've misinterpreted my question or it may have been mislead. I have no fear of flying what so ever, not to mention older aircraft. Believe me, I've flown older planes! Plus, I am aware that Sabena is a safe airline and that they maintain their aircraft in an outstanding fashion.
My only concern is comfort. True, a new Airbus would have been perfect, but obviously the flight is operated by a B733.
So, let me rephrase my question(s): Should I fly business class instead of economy to get better comfort? Or is it not even worth it because there is no big difference? Can you mention differences between A320 Y and B733 Y? B733 Y and B733 C?
All comments welcome! Thanks again and keep those posts coming!
Bob/chi-kyu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 668 times:
I've flown Sabena's 737's a few weeks ago to Milan MXP and they where OK. On one flight we had leather seats in economy, and the other not. The a/c looked quite good and clean even though I like the A320's more. Legroom was not very spacious but not too bad for such a short flight. Breakfast was a cheese sandwich, a croissant and coffee/thea/soft drinks.
And indeed, Sabena is still a very nice airline and very safe ! Definitely fly Sabena and let us know how your flight was.
Katekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 671 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 661 times:
I have flow Sabena Airbus and Boeings many times. The airplanes are clean and well maintained. Not first class, but OK.
Although the Airbus is a much newer aircraft, personally I prefer the Boeing. The Airbus LOOKS more spacious inside, but once you take your seat, the actual space YOU have is about the same. The Airbus seats are more flimsy and I have found them broken or misadjusted more frequently than the old Boeing seats.
The Boeing is more noisy in the back of the cabin, but in the front and over wings the noise level is similar.
Also, when taking off or landing, specially if the runway is less than ideally flat, the Airbus shakes and rattles a lot, while the Boeing is rock solid. Similar to driving a Renault or Citroen vs. a Chevrolet Suburban on a rough road. Both airplanes are good, but the American engineering has a more solid feeling.
Finally, for such a short fly I would not bother to pay extra for a C-class. You are going to be in the air only for half an hour or so.
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 653 times:
Thanks so much for all these informative replies!
But just as a correction to your great post, Katekebo, the flight actually takes 2hr 15mn and a lunch will be served.
Do you get a better meal and more drinks when flying C at Sabena. What about the Brussels C lounge? Is that not worth it? Jeremiah has said the seats are the same so that is one argument against C. Others?
Bob/chi-kyu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 648 times:
I've heard that difference in price between economy and business class may somethimes not be that much. Don't know for the one you are taking. So maybe for a few Belgian Francs more you get the lounge and the better lunch. Difference in seating between the two classes is indeed very little.
PA121 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 646 times:
There is little difference between the 737 and the Airbus, apart from the Airbus being more new (that helps a lot!)
The 737 has a funny "SABENA" illuminated sign at the beginning of the cabin that the Airbus have not, the overhead lockers of the Airbus seems to be a bit roomier and there are no dividers among them that helps storage.
Business class is not very different from Economy, apart from service that is better.. Food is likely to be cold (deliberately....not by mistake!) in both Economy and Business.
As common to most 737 in high density config. it is better not to be in the very first rows, because the plane has a smaller width as it reaches the cockpit. Also the overhead of the first rows are cluttered with all sort of "compressors" and other strange equipments if the flight is supposed to be over water.
The Sabena lounges is Brussels are great if you have a Qualiflier gold or silver card. Otherwise you only have admission to Sabena "standard" businss lounges that are much less nice. The one in the "European" terminal is OK (albeit with no windows) but the other (in the Non Schengen/intercontinental flights) is awful, small crowded and with little facilities. But has a nice view of the airport!
Hope it helps....