flyyul
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Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:40 am

Since I have been flying..

Ive always noted something, that every Airbus I step into offers me a turbulent ride. In the last year, I have been working part-time for NW/CO at YUL, and have flown on many CO 737's, NW 319/320/757's/DC9's....

The 757/767 just seem like such graceful aircraft that handle turbulence so well. Meanwhile in the A320, everytime we climb out of FLL we seem to be bouncing around in every which direction.

My experience was repeated in January when I flew to YYZ. The 767 ride was bumpy, but the turbulence just seemed liek a "no big deal" type of thing. It felt like nothing... then on the A320 ride home, it seemed like the plane was shaking.

I decided to inquire about this, asking DC9 pilots qualified on the A320 about their experiences... and they say the same thing as me. I asked them about the A330/340 model, and they say that the 763/777 family is much easier on the turbulence.

So what do you think of this? Is it just me, or is Boeing aircraft just that much better for turbulence?

Thx

Mark
 
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mariner
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:49 am

It's just you.

cheers

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CL215T
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:02 am

This reminds me of something that happened to me when I was F/A. We were landing in LAS on a DC8-62 on a Canadian chartered company. I ws seated in the jumpseat at row 24 right next to a passenger.

The final approach was very bumpy. The lady seated next to was crying with fear. She looked at me and said:

"There is no turbulence on Air Canada....."

What could I answer to such a statement.  Wink/being sarcastic

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ndege
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:03 pm

I've had the very same thing happen on a WN 737-xxx flying out of FLL. I'd say it was moderate turbulence, nothing too horrid, but definitely reminiscent of a roller-coaster ride. I rather enjoyed it  Smile

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yyz717
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:10 pm

We were landing in LAS on a DC8-62 on a Canadian chartered company.

Ah-hah! Must have been Nationair!

 Big grin

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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:38 pm

It's probably just you. I've experienced turbulence on Boeings too. I've only flown once on an Airbus(Ansett A320) and the flight was pretty smooth as i recall. The 737 can get pretty bumpy in turbulence- even the NG models rock around a bit. I've felt it in a 747-400 too, although only very light. A little bit of turbulence is fun, i enjoy it. It makes the flight a little more interesting.  Smile
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 1:04 pm

I think they are all the same from experience and turbulences are cool!!!  Smokin cool

They make the flights so much more interesting. Reminds me once on MH B744 from TPE-LAX the turbulence over Japanese skies and onward for a rather long time and I was trying to sleep... the wings looked like they almost fell off .haha  Big thumbs up made the flight much more interesting!!  Big grin
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 1:42 pm

Let me just say this: A week ago, I flew an A321 and a 737-400 on Saturday & Sunday respectively, and I had equal amounts of turbulence on each. In three words: It's Just You.

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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 4:19 pm

Well i can tell that the A310-2 is awfull...it does take much of wind to get into turbulence, i didn't really like my first ride on the A310.
The A320 NW was allright smooth, but the 737-2 is the best!
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 9:55 pm

I have experienced most turbulence on DC9 and B737-200 on theyr final approach and B757 seems to have turbulence ride every time..but probably AI and B planes are both the same to answer the question.
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:14 pm

The Airbus is more turbulent because of the inferior build quality. Mind you as they spend more time on the ground while taking off because they are underpowered it all gets cancelled out.

Sory couldn't resist it

 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:18 pm

James768: Not true!

It's just you, FLYYUL. The worst turbulence I've ever experiened was on a B752. It was so bad that some people let out shrieks of fear. I have to admit-I was a bit uneasy myself. It was REALLY bad.

For you, it's just been luck. You hit pretty bad turbulence more often when you're in an Airbus than on a Boeing.


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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:21 pm

all the dismissive and unnecessary comments notwithstanding, i do believe that even though objectively aircraft will experience the same amount of turbulence, the different sound-profile of the cabin and size/weight of the aircraft might explain why passengers experience turbulences differently. A heavy craft like the Boeing 747-400 feels less bumpy (especially on the upper deck) than does the lighter Airbus 340. It's not about Airbus vs. Boeing, but about the weight of the aircraft in particular.
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:39 pm

I recently flew from IAH-TPA on a CO 757--then a NWA 320 from TPA-DTW and they both were a little bumpy right after takeoff but that was it for the bumps..so it is just you, you must have had a bad expierence with the Airbus..
 
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RE: Is Airbus More Turbulent Than Boeing

Sun Apr 20, 2003 12:20 am

You are right Yyz717, it was indeed NX  Nuts

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