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A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:01 am

I've never been an Airbus fan but this is a stunningly good looking Aircraft and I do appreciate aesthetics !


Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:03 am

Even with its very odd nose?!
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:13 am

Can't beat the 340-500.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:18 am

Quoting Shenzhen (Reply 2):

My thoughts too. Generally Airbus haven't had the best looks, often do to clumsy looking fairings and wing tips and gear doors and the bulbous nose of the A320 and A380 but the A345 came together like few other aircraft.
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:21 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
Even with its very odd nose?!

What's wrong with the nose? What needs to change about it? Which aircraft has the best nose?
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:34 am

I l.ike the nose,.


Interesting ho far out the engines are from the fuselage.


Much wider spaced than the 787.


This will be very quiet inside.
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:52 am

I've always thought the A320 had best looks for an Airbus, still do!!! The A350's kind of getting there but not quite...
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:18 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.

Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange ...  
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:21 am

Quoting Shenzhen (Reply 2):
Can't beat the 340-500.

That's sort of where I'm at too.

The A350-900 can't beat the A340-500 in looks...

Sure blows it away in performance terms though - virtually the same size, but a whole 100 tonnes lighter (268t v 368t), yet giving up only about 500Nm in range. Staggering really  

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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:43 am

It's, in my opinion, the WORST looking plane they've ever put out...the tail section looks like they just gave up and slapped something together at the last minute...it's not even in proportion to the rest of the fuselage. And the nose? They might as well just have chopped off the front end of the 787 and put it there...
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:47 am

IMO, the A350 looks far better painted than unpainted and I'd put it in third place behind the A340-500 and A340-300.

I do think the 787 looks better than the A350.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:56 am

Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):
Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange

Whilst I personally agree the 787 isn't "strange" looking, I'm not sure this was the best argument.

If I described a plane as "It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 4 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder", am I describing a) the A340-500 b) the 747-8 c) the A380 ?  
Quoting awacsooner (Reply 9):
And the nose? They might as well just have chopped off the front end of the 787 and put it there...

you don't like the 787 front end then?

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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:02 am

Interesting how far out the engines are from the fuselage.[/quote]

Quoting Max Q (Reply 5):
This will be very quiet inside

It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

That being said, it has my vote for best looking Airbus
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:11 am

I think the nose looks way better than A300/330/340, that front is all *ss. When coming to looks, I´d say the A350 can join my list with 757, Comet/Caravelle/787. A380 and A320 just look fugly in the front. As do 767, 777 and the 737.

I think the 787-1000 will be the best looker in the air in the future. The A350 will be the best looking Airbus for sure, ever.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:31 am

The nose might look strange from some angles, but if you open the large version of this photo for example...
that's one lovely looking aircraft!


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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:02 pm

Quoting as739x (Reply 12):
It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

Why will this be?
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:05 pm

The A350 nose does look a little blunt. Its hard to imagine that nose being aerodynamic, the same goes for the A380 nose.

My favourite Airbus of all time is the A300B4. I like its size and simplicity, inside and out.

Shame Airbus don't get a bit of Italian styling into their airframes.
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:52 pm

Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):

Change that to 4 engines and you have an Airbus A380, yet most people call that thing "strange" or "ugly"  
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:46 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):

I agree, its a lovely looking at that angle and im glad someone got it at that angle. Pity it doesn't have the wing flex like the 787. But the winglets make it look just as good!


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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:17 am

Quoting babybus (Reply 16):
My favourite Airbus of all time is the A300B4. I like its size and simplicity, inside and out.

+1 had so many nice flights on OA's A300-B4s over the years they were wonderful. If I could choose to bring back any aircraft it would be that one.

The A350 is lovely in design and I cant wait to fly it. Just have not had the same enthusiasm about the B787 and not in a rush to get on one. Dont get me wrong its an impressive aircraft inside and out but can wait to fly on it. Id rather bag another B777 flight.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:57 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):
I'd put it in third place behind the A340-500 and A340-300.

Indeed. Though I somehow like the length of the -600.
What I like about the -300 are the small engines. Yes, I may be the only one... Point is, that they look a bit old fashioned compared to all those huge drums aka GE90, Trent1000, etc.

Quoting rotating14 (Reply 7):
Can you elaborate on how the 787 looks strange?? It has a fuselage, 2 wings, 2 engines, a nose gear, 2 main bogies, a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. Yes, very strange ...

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Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
Even with its very odd nose?!

At the very moment the 350 is in the air and the gear's retracted, the nose looks fantastic! Sleek, a bit in "attack-mode".
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:17 am

I like the A350, unique looker, obviously not appealing to everyone.

Would be interesting to visually see everyones own idea of what the modern airliners should look like.

I am very happy with both airbus and boeings result, as I could not make them look any better.
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:20 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
Imho it is far better looking than the ground hugging, rather strange looking 787.

The B-787-8 Dreamliner is waaaay more beautiful by far!

Flex wings... so sexy!!

     

Curved wing tips? mehh...

It's all a matter of personal taste.

  
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:50 pm

I don't find the A350 particularly attractive, much preferring the nose of the A330/40 (and A300 before then), with the A345 being the perfect length. The long straight fuselage of the A350looks a bit 767/777ish to me.

The 787 is nicer looking than the A350, it just seems sleeker to me, and has sexier wings!
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:37 pm

Her weird, awkward nose disqualifies her from earning the title of "Best looking Airbus".

In my opinion the best looking Airbuses ever are the A330/340, perfectly proportioned and that gorgeous A300-style nose section is the best thing Airbus has ever designed, not only it's aesthetically superior but it looks so aerodynamic too. I was disappointed that Airbus did away with it, it defined Airbus widebodies since the roll out of the first A300, the very first Airbus.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:00 pm

Am I the only one that think the A400 is the best looking Airbus?   
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:34 pm

The a321 is, and always will be, the best looking Airbus ever!          
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:26 am

I completely disagree: the A350's nose looks weird/clunky and the tail section is strange (the part where it's getting smaller). Somehow it looks out of proportion.

To me the A330-300 is breathtaking; elegant, refined and sleek.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:05 am

Quoting as739x (Reply 12):
Quoting Max Q (Reply 5):This will be very quiet inside
It will also make for some tough single engine performance.

Explain, please.

If the vertical stabilizer and rudder are properly sized why would engine out performance (or more to the point, handling) be poor? I'm pretty confident the Airbus flight control guys have this nailed down.
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:50 pm

Quoting planewasted (Reply 25):
Am I the only one that think the A400 is the best looking Airbus?

Yeah, I think you're the only one, a military plane is not what comes to mind when most folks hear the name "Airbus".
 
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RE: A350, Best Looking Airbus Ever?

Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:12 am

I think the 350 is a very good looking aircraft. I don't understand what people dislike about the nose...
However, I still find the A340-600 a little bit better looking.
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