Let's see - just for background, as captain I've flown the A-319/320/321, 737-200/300, DC-8-54/61/62/63/73, F-28-4000 and E-190. As F/O only - 727-200, 757 and 767. So that pretty much covers everything from the first generation jets to the current state of the art.
From a comfort and low-workload point of view I'll take the Airbus. Love the table! It's also the most reliable airliner I've ever flown.
In almost eight years I've had only two flights cancel due to maintainance, I think that's pretty impressive. It wouldn't want to go back to the 737 if I could help it - great airplane but when I look in the cockpit it's like a DC-3, after years of flying glass.
The only thing I don't like about the Airbus is landing in a gusty crosswind, especially in the 321 - feels like you are only about halfway in control. The flight control computers have a certain lag you don't have in a conventional airplane. Even the little E-190
feels better. But you get used to it.
The joke around here is that the Airbus makes a mediocre pilot look good and a good pilot look mediocre.
I consider Airbus and Boeing to be world-class airliners. And so was Douglas.
My all-time favorite, the only airliner I can describe as a pilot's airplane (one requiring little effort on your part to look like an ace)
is the 727. Russ Farris
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