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Airbus: Are They More Advanced  
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Ok, Before I say anything, This IS NOT an A. vs. B. War.

Now, I was looking at interior photos and I found this photo

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Photo © Dean Allchin

of an A321 First Class Cabin with AC, and then I found this photo of a 737 First Class Cabin
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Photo © Fernando Gomes

and it seems like the A321 looks like a Spaceship.

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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Errr, interiors are pretty much up to the airlines to choose...

And the eventual outcome depends on when they bought / refurbished the aircraft.

So, no, Airbus is not by default more advanced in its interiors...

User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1527 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

If Airbus was so godly, do you think so many airlines would operate Boeings?
That Airbus is of course newer than that 737, and of course, it's Continental--what do you expect? It really depends on airline configuration...

User currently offlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

I think it's probably just the airline. Below are some pictures of other premium cabins. As you can see, in this situation, I think the Boeing (above) looks better.

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Photo © William Ronciere
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Photo © Chris Coduto

User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4857 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

You can't base on what airliner is more advanced by what the interior looks like. You could put a flashy interior into a DC-10 but that will not make it anymore advanced than before.

Never take financial advice from co-workers.
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

The A320 Family has an Award-winning cabin. As in just the interior and not the seats. The seats and seating configuration is entirely based on the airline and not aircraft specific.

Newer Generation 737s have cabins just as "space looking" as the A320 Family.

And how a cabin looks does not determine how advanced an airliner is.

Airbus and Boeing are really at the same level.

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

"The A320 Family has an Award-winning cabin. As in just the interior and not the seats. The seats and seating configuration is entirely based on the airline and not aircraft specific."

By who? Time magazine  Smile

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6171 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

I think most people will favor the NG 737 interior over the Airbus. Don't get me wrong, I liked the A320 interior better until the NG came out... but the A320 ceiling looks very 90s (which was cool) while the 73NG ceiling panels (and 753, 717) look very turn- of- the- century.

Seats are up to airlines. Have you seen those BBJ 737-700s? Yeah, they make that A321 look like crap. Does that make the Boeing better? Well, clearly the answer is no.

I would agree that that 321 first class looks terriffic. I also think that, under similar lighting conditions, the two cabins would look alarmingly similar. The 737 cabin shot you chose shows natural light, while the A321 light is man-made...

Both planes have a very modern cabin. I won't get into the extra .09883 inches of lower-shoulder room in the Airbus (oops- did I just indirectly state my opinion? Sorry.)


User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

I hate these airbus versus being topics, its so obvious this is another one of those threads, its childish, immature, pathetic, and becoming a little repetative by now!
It seems to be the same people over and over again, i cant wait for the day they stop!!!

It has been proven time and time again that this kind of comparison is unrealistic, and these opinions of airliners.net members are simply points of view, and can never change fact!
And the fact quite simply is..... YES.......... AIRBUS is more advance!!!

so lets stop the argueing, and bickering, and childishnes, and base or arguements on facts from now on........ ok?????? deal?????????

 Big thumbs up  Smile

Saint Augustine- 'The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only 1 page'
User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Let's look at the facts here. Both the 737NG and A32X are twin-engine medium-range jets with comparable thrust and fuel burn. Both have comparable avionics, including dual FMC's and industry standard PFD's and ND's. So where is the main difference? Well, the one glaring difference that I see is the Airbus FBW system & single side stick. While definately more advanced than the "old fashioned" flight controls, one could argue that airliners that are still advanced and modern by today's standards fly trouble free without FBW, so this "upgrade" is somewhat unnecessary. My conclusion is that both the 737NG and the A32X are about on even grounds in terms of the most important aspects.

User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

how about

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Photo © Derek Lepper

but to be more fair.. if you want to compare the two.. maybe use a photo that comes closer to the quality/same lighting of both aircraft?
This is the best one I could find that looked good of the newer 737s.

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Photo © Michael Bock

User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (13 years 19 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

If a plane is more advanced because of cabin configuration (which is, by the way, an operator choice rather than a manufacturer one), then....oh well  Confused

Falcon....like a limo but with wings
User currently offlineLuzezito From Spain, joined May 2001, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 18 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Both A321 and 737NG are pretty similar planes as far as I am concerned from the passenger point of view and very often airline choice is more politically oriented than technically or operationally oriented.
However there is one fact that leaves no doubt: Technically speaking, Airbus have caught up on Boeing in the last 20 years with the first twin engine wide body, the first generation of FBW a/c and soon the A380.
There is no denying that they have spiced up the world of civil aviation and given Boeing quite a few headaches mainly caused by their prior complacency and why not say it, sheer arrogance at times.

Quoniam Vita Brevis Est, Propera!
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30173 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (13 years 17 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Food for thought.

I have a book titled "Aviation Mechanics Simplified." It shows some of the techniques and structures that are present in aircraft. It was published in 1943.

It obviously doesn' have anything about electronics, jet engines, or composits, but you know what. Out of what's left, 90% of the books content is just as valid for working on either 737's or A320's as it was for working on the Douglas Sleeper Transports (Pre DC-3) that are shown as modern airliners in that book.

User currently offlineJbangert From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 15 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Talking about technology: the Airbus 320 fly-by-wire system is obviously more advanced than the Boeing 737NG conventional system, with benefits such as weight saving and higher autoland capability.
As to the cabin's look and comfort, it is a fact that the cabin of the Airbus 320 is wider by some 15 cm than that of the 737, which gives passengers and their luggage some extra space.

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