747400sp
Topic Author
Posts: 3890
Joined: Sat Aug 09, 2003 7:27 pm

Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Buses?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:33 pm

There been many saying referring to airliners being called flying buses, for example people will tell a white nickel flyer, that flying it is just like riding a bus, or some people call pilots glorified bus drivers.
Yes there is a company that build airliners called Airbus, but this company two largest airliners ( one being the world biggest) are so luxurious that they should be called Airhotels.

Now I petty ok with it, but do anybody have a problem with airliners being referred to as flying buses? Some can argue that airliners is an altogether new form of transportation and higher class of transportation than a bus. Also smaller airliners like a 737s or A320s are much bigger than the largest highway coaches, as a matter of fact I look at airliners as some thing bigger than a bus and smaller that a train.
So do dislike airliners being call flying buses, or it do not bother you?
 
ktrick45
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:31 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:56 am

Well, "bus" is an abbreviation of the original "omnibus," Latin for "everybody." An airliner is a conveyance that everybody (omnibus) can use, so I guess it would be appropriate. But airliners most often have different classes of service, and that contradicts the original omnibus concept, and in that sense, they're quite different from highway buses. I'm not going to worry about it, though.
 
wilco737
Posts: 7279
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2004 12:21 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:44 am



Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
There been many saying referring to airliners being called flying buses, for example people will tell a white nickel flyer, that flying it is just like riding a bus, or some people call pilots glorified bus drivers.

I must say I don't care about that anymore. If anybody tells me I am riding a bus at 35000 feet and I am driving my airplane through the air - fine with me. I won't argue with those people.
I heard a lot of comments like: "You are just an overpaid busdriver; what is the difference in your job and a bus driver - nothing, you just take people from A to B" etc etc etc. My reply: "Yes." Big grin

So, I am not bothered at all. It is my job and I know what I am doing up there and if someone thinks it is like driving a bus, fine with me.  Wink

WILCO737 (MD11F)
 airplane 
 
ACDC8
Posts: 7270
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:56 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:37 am

Well, I'm a bus driver, so I my answer is somewhat biased .... Big grin

If people ask me what I do for a living, I just tell them I drive an Airbus, but without the air .....  Silly
A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
 
wilco737
Posts: 7279
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2004 12:21 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:18 am



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
If people ask me what I do for a living, I just tell them I drive an Airbus, but without the air ..... Silly

If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.




So no problem at all to call an Airbus driver a bis driver  Wink

WILCO737 (MD11F)
 airplane 
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29929
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:49 am

Its what everyone feels like calling.......Its their choice....To me it makes no difference.
I believe Pilots & AMEs in Aviation are Drivers & Mechanics on an automobile.Its the same thing,except the Area of work varies.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
levent
Posts: 1589
Joined: Sat Sep 04, 2004 8:11 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:10 am

It really depends on the type of aircraft and the type of service.

If you fly on a 50-seat CRJ200, the resemblance is very much there. Standard buses seat 50 pax as well I believe. This one just happens to have wings too.

If you fly on a short-haul low cost carrier service, you just get on the plane at point A and get off at point B. Nothing glamorous about these flights.

But a long-range flight on a nice legacy carrier like Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways is a whole different story. I truly enjoy being a passenger on these flights so I wouldn't say that is like riding on a bus.

Having said the above, I generally like flying anyway, whether it's like getting on a bus or not!
 
nema
Posts: 479
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:18 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:59 am

I was a little unhappy with the term at one time, never really liked the name 'Airbus' even though i liked the product. A little like other replies above, guess i have adjusted to the term but i dont think it is a clever analogy.

I mean, why have i never heard airtrain or airboat or aircar..because they dont fit. Aircraft and air travel loses its tremendous nostalgia and stuff when these 'bus' terms get pushed to easily and in my view incorrectly into the terminology.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
 
henkybaby
Posts: 469
Joined: Sat May 10, 2008 10:40 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:23 pm

I was under the impression that on a modern day airliner a pilot is more like a computer operator than a bus driver.  Smile
Wherever you go, there you are!
 
fbgdavidson
Posts: 3563
Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:25 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:11 pm



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

They used to have one of these at Heathrow. I have a pretty good photographic memory and remember when I was about 6yrs old stopping at Heathrow to see the aircraft and in particular Concorde. One of these busses must have gone past because a couple of days later my father went on a business trip to somewhere in Europe. Upon his return I asked him how it was and he told me he went on an Airbus. God, was I confused!

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
 
Viscount724
Posts: 19287
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:32 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:26 am



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 9):
Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

They used to have one of these at Heathrow. I have a pretty good photographic memory and remember when I was about 6yrs old stopping at Heathrow to see the aircraft and in particular Concorde. One of these busses must have gone past because a couple of days later my father went on a business trip to somewhere in Europe. Upon his return I asked him how it was and he told me he went on an Airbus. God, was I confused!

Canadian regional carrier Pacific Western Airlines (which merged with Canadian Pacific Airlines/CP Air in 1987 to form Canadian Airlines) had a branded "Airbus" shuttle service between 1963 and 1987 between Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YXD, the close-in Municipal Airport, now City Centre Airport, very close to downtown Edmonton). For most of its existence from 1969/70 onwards that "Airbus" was operated by Boeing 737-200s. At its peak in the 1980s there were up to 16 flights daily in each direction on that route.

The "Airbus" brand was very widely known in that market and people would often just say they were "taking the Airbus". When the new YYC terminal building was built in the mid-1970s, one gate area was designed specifically for the PWA Airbus service with several gates located very close to the departure level roadway so you could get from a car/taxi to the gate in about 1 minute.
 
ACDC8
Posts: 7270
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:56 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:32 am



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
If you live and work in Hong Kong, then you can leave it as Airbus. On some orange busses you see "Airbus" written on it.

LOL! Thanks for giving me hope ....  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
Canadian regional carrier Pacific Western Airlines (which merged with Canadian Pacific Airlines/CP Air in 1987 to form Canadian Airlines) had a branded "Airbus" shuttle service between 1963 and 1987 between Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YXD, the close-in Municipal Airport, now City Centre Airport, very close to downtown Edmonton). For most of its existence from 1969/70 onwards that "Airbus" was operated by Boeing 737-200s. At its peak in the 1980s there were up to 16 flights daily in each direction on that route.

I remember CP coming up with the "Skybus" service as well.
A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
 
acNDTTech
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:15 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:15 pm

Calling them a "bus" is kind of common anymore. I bet that if the ammeneties started coming back - meals, free drinks, etc, - it may change the way people view this mode of transportation. I've never ridden on a long haul bus before, but I could imagine that it wouldn't be too great of an experience. To some folks, I bet they get the same feeling on long trips, as being on a bus. Now I HAVE been on a 6 hr. train ride once in my life. I enjoyed that, and you never hear anyone refer to a train as a "bus."
 
henkybaby
Posts: 469
Joined: Sat May 10, 2008 10:40 am

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:26 pm

The busses in Argentina can be compared to business class flying....

http://www.igougo.com/story-s1319736..._of_Bus_Services_in_Argentina.html
Wherever you go, there you are!
 
Delta767300ER
Posts: 2436
Joined: Tue Dec 16, 2003 7:12 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:58 pm

If they are talking about the former PeopleExpress or Southwest then I can understand. Other than that, they are wrong.

-Delta767300ER
 
747400sp
Topic Author
Posts: 3890
Joined: Sat Aug 09, 2003 7:27 pm

RE: Your Feeling About Planes Being Call Flying Bu

Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:11 pm



Quoting Levent (Reply 6):
It really depends on the type of aircraft and the type of service.

If you fly on a 50-seat CRJ200, the resemblance is very much there. Standard buses seat 50 pax as well I believe. This one just happens to have wings too.

If you fly on a short-haul low cost carrier service, you just get on the plane at point A and get off at point B. Nothing glamorous about these flights.

MCI's latest model of the E4500 ( LX as it called now), is more luxurious than a CRJ200.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos