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Rossiya747
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Choosing to fly based on engine?

Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:13 pm

I was on everybody's favorite aviation website, Simple Flying, and came across a comment on an article about TAROM's new ATR 72-600.
Link: https://simpleflying.com/tarom-new-atr-delivered/

So I scroll down and there is this hilarious comment:
"Hello
I travelled from Bucharest to Iasi
The airplane seems like a toy
When I saw the engenies it seemed to me that I was 40-50 years ago
Inside was very small and squeezed
Even the handbags do not fit in the place
I would prefer to pay more but travel in a plane with a Rolls-Royce engine and more comfortable."

LOL. Do people actually pay more to fly in planes with Rolls-Royce engines?
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:38 pm

Probably somebody who doesn't know the first thing about aviation. Do any Rolls Royce powered aircraft even fly to Romania?

I've seen it loads of times as an ATR pilot. Passengers complaining about a brand new ATR 72-600, preferring the 30+ year old Blue Air 737 classic parked at the next gate, because "propeller planes crash and kill everyone onboard every single day!". It is more widespread in Southern Europe. From experience, Germans are the polar opposite, mostly they loved flying on propeller planes.
 
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:36 am

People definitely do prefer to fly on turbofan jet angines rather than turboprops and many will actively avoid turboprops. I've known people to drive or take the train rather than fly turboprops.
Doubt anybody flies for specific brand of engine though.
 
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:11 am

I once chose a carrier (TN) over the competition (NZ) on a route because NZ used RR 787s on that route and TN used GE. This was when the Trent 1000 issues were a major concern and I didn't want my flight delayed or canceled because of an engine issue. Ironically, the NZ flight we might have taken did wind up having an issue, but it was because tire debris was found on the runway at PPT after departure for AKL. Nothing to do with the engines. I think it was only a minor inconvenience for passengers on the flight but they did have to inspect the tires on landing before taxiing to the gate.

I won't say that I don't usually care what kind of engine powers my aircraft because I do note the OEM if there is more than one offering for that aircraft type, but it seldom factors into my decision of which flight I'm taking.
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:51 am

dredgy wrote:
People definitely do prefer to fly on turbofan jet angines rather than turboprops and many will actively avoid turboprops. I've known people to drive or take the train rather than fly turboprops.
Doubt anybody flies for specific brand of engine though.

It's a very North American trait. 99 times out of 100 this is because they see the prop and think it's piston powered rather than a jet turbine. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.
 
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:43 pm

I still would like to do a BA 747-400 before they are retired.
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Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:06 am

ChrisKen wrote:
dredgy wrote:
People definitely do prefer to fly on turbofan jet angines rather than turboprops and many will actively avoid turboprops. I've known people to drive or take the train rather than fly turboprops.
Doubt anybody flies for specific brand of engine though.

It's a very North American trait. 99 times out of 100 this is because they see the prop and think it's piston powered rather than a jet turbine. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.


My wife used to advise me on bookings for a commuter flight which alternated SF340 and CRJ200 (it was a long time ago) - she found the CRJ smoother, which probably was the case. She's OK with props otherwise.
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