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What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:54 pm

My favorite is the 787 because of the Skyinterior and the quiet engines (I like both silent 787 AND loud 767 engines). It's also the best-looking aircraft I've flown on, though I'd say the A350 looks better (never flown on it though). Also, the IFE screens are very responsive, though it may not apply to every airline. The only issues are the F/A-controlled dimming windows and Charleston factory. I like everything else about it.
My second favorite would be the 747, although I've never flown on one, only been on a few on display.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:05 pm

767. Most comfortable configuration in Y.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:07 pm

If the 787 generally utilized a 2-4-2 in Y rather than its standard 3-3-3, I’d like it a lot more.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:11 pm

A340 followed by the L1011, DC10/MD11 and 747.

Widebody twin jets are like SUVS, they're everywhere, look the same and have no personality.

Hard to believe, but I've flown on many types, yet some how, all these years, I've still managed to avoid the 777 - haven't logged a single flight on one.
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:30 pm

I guess it should be a case of first love and all that, which for me would mean B747-136, since my first ever flight was on a full Certificate of Airworthiness Test on G-AWNE, back as a just 17 year old in 1983.
Half a dozen on board, no luggage, baggage, the tests included several stalls over the English Channel on a clear August day, plus perhaps less scheduled was a low level pass over Boscombe Down airfield!
Until the very non widebody Concorde, flying was kind of....mundane after that.

But that's not in my list, I never flew on one but 747SP, (saw them leap into the air living around LHR), L1011 - from pax and work experience, again no pax experience but I always liked the look of the A340-500/600's.

Some pax experience on A300 and A310, twins yes I get ACDC8's sentiments, with those two though, in particular the A300, if you are going to be a wide body twin, be wide! (767 and 787 good as they are, purely from appearance to me always looked like they fall between narrow and wide body, not entirely rational I know).
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:07 pm

Favorite in terms of looks is the L-1011, although I've never flown on one.

Favorite as a passenger is the 767, as someone else mentioned it has the best configuration in Y. The A330/340 are a close second in that respect.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:45 pm

767 is the most comfortable in Y....no question. The DC-10 was comfortable as well. The middle seats on the 747 murder.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:20 pm

Generally speaking, the 767 and the 330. I've been on three 747s. One was comfortable, (EVA) the second one was brutal due to the cabin fittings (some strange layout Delta had in business in some sort of herringbone pattern). The third was wonderful, quiet, smooth. The filthy and worn interior subtracted from an otherwise fine flight.. (BA)

At the opposite end is the 777. They've been rattletraps, loud, and made odd noises on every one in which I rode, regardless of airline. EVA, China Southern, and one other. I forget who.

I've not had the pleasure of flying the 787 or the 350.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:17 pm

Airbus 380 followed by Airbus 340
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:43 pm

I agree the 787 would be a great aircraft, the only downside is that the crew is able to override the window dimming. That shouldn't be the case. Anyway, the 787 is the only wide body I've ever flown so I don't really have much to compare it with but it's a pretty smooth ride.

Though I think my choice of favorite widebody goes to the A350. Never flown one, never even been inside one, but it looks nice on pictures and I'm hearing good stories about it.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:46 pm

767 because it has a comfortable configuration, and it has the beastly performance and looks of a 757. Sad that its little brother didn't last as long. I often like call those two the unbeatable duo.

747-8 comes in a very very close 2nd followed by the 747-400.

Least favorite has got to be the CRAIC CR929. Basically a crossbreed between a 787 and 350, and in my opinion, it looks a little off.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:04 pm

As the -SP had all but gone, I may have to travel to London to catch a ride in the new apple of my eye..... :crossfingers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceT22AW1hNI

Have to be quick about it though...before Airbus terminate the model with extreme prejudice..... :grumpy:


ACDC8 wrote:
Widebody twin jets are like SUVS, they're everywhere, look the same and have no personality.

Not when it's as rare as the above! :old:
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:58 am

L-1011. Early cabins were so cavernous, the ceiling seemed soo high. As a brat I spend alot of time in the cockpit, in F plus a few visits to the galley on the elevator for some extra snacks. Miss those days!
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:47 pm

WesternDC6B wrote:
Generally speaking, the 767 and the 330. I've been on three 747s. One was comfortable, (EVA) the second one was brutal due to the cabin fittings (some strange layout Delta had in business in some sort of herringbone pattern). The third was wonderful, quiet, smooth. The filthy and worn interior subtracted from an otherwise fine flight.. (BA)

At the opposite end is the 777. They've been rattletraps, loud, and made odd noises on every one in which I rode, regardless of airline. EVA, China Southern, and one other. I forget who.

I've not had the pleasure of flying the 787 or the 350.


Never flown on a 767, but I also really like the A330. I actually really like the 777, although on my last flight on them (a UA 772, SFO-IAH), the engine kept sounding like it was spooling down and then back up.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:51 pm

Wednesdayite wrote:
If the 787 generally utilized a 2-4-2 in Y rather than its standard 3-3-3, I’d like it a lot more.


I was fine with the 3-3-3 on both of my 787 flights, although I do slightly prefer 2-4-2, and I get how it can get a bit narrow.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:48 am

DC-10. It seems [seemed] the quietest to me. Of course I did not fly First Class so perhaps that is just a quiet from sitting in economy seating. Larger windows than other wide body aircraft. Seemed larger on the interior than the L-1011. Seemed very stable in flight.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:17 am

A350 currently, but I've only done one sector. Followed by 789.

I love the GE90 noise with the 777, but find it less comfortable otherwise than the newer pair. I do prefer the 2-4-2 seating on A330 over 777 (or 747) as well. 747 I have always found very noisy, and preferred the 767 (my first widebody flight) to 747 back to back.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:19 am

For Y, definitely the 767. Don't have a ton of widebody flights so can't really compare, still need to get a flight on a 747, 787 (coming next week), A340, A350, and A380.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:58 pm

I love the 767 and A330 because most carriers still have the 2-3-2 and 2-4-2 configuration. I absolutely don't like having 3 seats on either side, such as the 737. Crawling over 2 people to use the restroom is never fun.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:38 pm

A330 2-4-2 and B787 2-4-2 (not seen those with European carriers). 10-20 years ago 767 2-3-2.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:40 pm

From a purely aesthetic point of view I love the Lockheed Tristar and the MD11.

However I don’t particularly enjoy travelling on widebodies because, as someone who usually travels in Y there are just too many people and I find them a bit overwhelming. I therefore would probably rank the 767 as my favourite widebody purely because it is not very wide.

I look forward in the future to using the A321XLR for at least some of my long(ish) haul flying
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:35 pm

jumpjets wrote:
From a purely aesthetic point of view I love the Lockheed Tristar and the MD11.

However I don’t particularly enjoy travelling on widebodies because, as someone who usually travels in Y there are just too many people and I find them a bit overwhelming. I therefore would probably rank the 767 as my favourite widebody purely because it is not very wide.

I look forward in the future to using the A321XLR for at least some of my long(ish) haul flying


Personally, I like widebodies more because they're a bit more spacious. I also travel in Y normally (I've only flown F on 3 aircraft: 777, CRJ-700, and E175), but I don't find the number of people overwhelming. I get how it can be overwhelming, though.
It should be interesting to fly the A321XLR, since it's essentially an A320 but longer across the Atlantic.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:38 pm

BoeingERJ1000 wrote:
Wednesdayite wrote:
If the 787 generally utilized a 2-4-2 in Y rather than its standard 3-3-3, I’d like it a lot more.


I was fine with the 3-3-3 on both of my 787 flights, although I do prefer when there's just 2 seats beside the window and aisle. 2-3-2 like on the 767 would be great. 2-4-2 is good, too.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:00 pm

The seats in my recent 787-9 flights did seem just a bit too narrow. (Both Air France and United).

Cutting 1 seat and having 8 across instead of 9 would make a huge difference.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:02 am

no need to think , the 747
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:30 pm

Depends on the metrics.

Comfort, the 787 or the 767 would be at the top for obvious reasons.

Capabilities and versatility, the 777 series.

Looks, the 747, or L1011.

Overall? Maybe the 777. The big twin! Only wish airlines didn’t learn about 3-4-3. Unless that extra column meant a slight decrease in ticket price long-term.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:22 pm

767 lover here. At least as long as we talk of economy class on in-service planes. Up front I honestly don't care that much, as long it isn't an A380. Hate that one for some unspecific hatred :twisted: . If it comes to classics, nothing beats a DC-10 8-) 8-) 8-)
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:12 am

Nothing like the Queen of the skies

The 747 was, is and always will be my favorite
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 25, 2021 2:46 pm

CarlosSi wrote:
Depends on the metrics.

Comfort, the 787 or the 767 would be at the top for obvious reasons.

Capabilities and versatility, the 777 series.

Looks, the 747, or L1011.

Overall? Maybe the 777. The big twin! Only wish airlines didn’t learn about 3-4-3. Unless that extra column meant a slight decrease in ticket price long-term.


Pretty much my thoughts here, though I'd say the MD-11 looks better than the L1011.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 25, 2021 2:48 pm

bar1 wrote:
A330 2-4-2 and B787 2-4-2 (not seen those with European carriers). 10-20 years ago 767 2-3-2.


I think JAL has some 2-4-2 787's. No US carrier has 2-4-2 Dreamliners either.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:12 pm

If I'm in biz class I don't care. If economy, I try to avoid 777's due to the loud engine noise.
I do agree the Tristars seemed extremely spacious with the high ceilings before the overhead center bins were installed after refit. Also liked 747 combis so there was never any chance of sitting in the last cabin at the back.
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:02 pm

1) Ilyushin Il-86
2) Ilyushin Il-96
3) Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
4) Boeing 747
 
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Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:47 pm

767-300 was my first widebody flight, so it's sentimental. I've also flown the 78X in J, it was a nice ride and a very smooth touchdown. But, if we're going on aesthetics, my favorite is the A346 (yes, despite my username).

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