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A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:39 am

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:40 am

I think the 737 is more photogenic, however the A320 looks better in "real life"...if that makes any sense.
As far as which is better, think that is entirely debatable.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:02 am

Oh no!! Another A v. B thread.

Okay, Okay, I'll give my opinion. I prefer the A320 cabin, but I've heard that the 737 is a lot funner to fly and hey, I heart American-made products.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:03 am

My dad has flown both, and does prefer the cabin of the A320, but overall likes the 737.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:08 am

Airlines love the 737 due to its economics, performance and versatility. Customer prefer the A320 - no matter what people think wider is better.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:16 am

Quoting BoeingBus (Reply 5):
Airlines love the 737 due to its economics, performance and versatility.

Same reasons why airlines like the A320 family.

Personally, A320 hands down.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:21 am

After flying the 737 ( CO) and A321 (US), I prefer the 738 for long haul trans cons but like to fly on Airbus a/c for my 5x year MCO-PHL as the 757's get boring. Dont get me wrong I love 757's, but I need a change. So its a tie.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:22 am

Quoting AC320tech (Reply 6):
Same reasons why airlines like the A320 family.

I disagree. The 737 has a slight edge... such as better range, and its lighter, so its more efficient. Reliability? 737 wins that too... versatility? 737 wins that too... Airlines have more purchase options, such as the short field, 700C and 700ER..

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:28 am

Quoting BoeingBus (Reply 8):
Airlines have more purchase options, such as the short field, 700C and 700ER..

Amen BoeingBus. I think we'll see AS replace the 732 gravel equpt a/c with the 737 short field performance package. I also like the fact that Boeing offeres over 7 configs of the 737 series.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:25 pm

Here it depends. Northwest uses the same seats in its A320s as it does it's 757s (757 has the same width as 738), so you don't really enjoy the A320's added width, except for maybe a few inches in the aisle, which in all honesty, have never been an issue for me. For whatever reason, UA has put the most uncomfortable seats I've ever encountered on their A320 fleet. A320s I've flown on US Airways, America West, Frontier, and Air Canada, I've found nice, comfortable, peaceful aircraft.

That said, my preference is the 737-800, but just barely. I've found it to be just as quiet, and in CO and AA's case, excedingly comfortable. It's a fun plane on take-off, and I appreciate the cleverness of its design. I suppose it's personal preference, I'll easily take the A320 over a 737-300, but most of those are kind of worn out - and almost all the 737-800s i've been on are immaculate and new, but I just appreciate the very smooth, quiet, tranquil atmosphere of the 737-800. It is probably my favorite narrowbody, with A320 and 757 close behind.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:42 pm

The 738 has the edge in many aspects of performance. However, the Airbus has a more user friendly cabin. It simply comes down to who the user is. If you are a pilot, then the 738 should be the top choice. If you are passenger, the airbus cabin should win you over.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:44 pm

this should be in polls/prefs, but definitely the 737.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:55 pm

Quoting Aerohottie (Reply 2):
I think the 737 is more photogenic, however the A320 looks better in "real life"...if that makes any sense

Acutally, it makes perfect sense, and I agree completely.

I think the 320 has a better cabin design than the 737, but other than that I have no real preference.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:20 pm

Here are some comparisons all based on facts:

Cockpit size - A320 has much larger cockpit than B737
Ease of flying - B737 because its a conventional flying airplane
Cabin width - A320 hands down
Maintenance costs - A320
Fuel Capacity - B737 by 2162 liters
Operating Empty Weight - Even (only minor variations depending on airline)
Max Takeoff Weight - B737 by 2000 kgs
Range - Even (Boeing website only lists range with Aux Fuel Tanks)
Fuel Efficiency - A320 (I know I will get hell for this, but its true)
Both airplanes have same range, yet A320 carries 2162 liters less fuel. Hmmm.

Most new airline opt for A320. Many B737 operators are switching to A320 (Air Berlin, Air Asia, United, and Easyjet). Acquisition costs are lower for B737. Overall operating costs over the life of the airplane favors A320 significantly. This is all from negotiations involving A321/B737-900ER for a new airline. Hence, this is why A32x wins over most new airline orders. Boeing can thank Southwest and Ryanair.

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:36 pm

For looks, I like both, but if I had to pick the ones I liked the best?

735/318 both are cool because they are so cute.

Then I like the 738 because it seems to be perfectly proportioned for it's proximity to the ground.

And I like the 321 because it looks a lot like a 757, which I think is one of the best looking aircraft ever made.

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 10):
I've found it to be just as quiet, and in CO and AA's case, excedingly comfortable.

I agree that CO and AA do a good job with the 738. CO has a nice Y cabin on the plane, with comfortable seats even though the pitch is low and the seats narrow. Somehow, it's still comfy.

And the First section of the AA 738 is fantastic. Great seats. Never been in the Y section of the AA 738 though. Always end up in their crappy 757s or the damn mad dogs!
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:41 pm

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 14):
(Air Berlin, Air Asia, United, and Easyjet).

I would say only 1 of those 4 makes your point.

United is a misnomer for sure...Airbus did not compete agains the NG for those orders.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:54 pm

Quoting BoeingBus (Reply 5):
no matter what people think wider is better

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:25 pm

I do about 50 trips per year from Athens to European and middle east destinations. About 90% of my travel time i am in one of those two aircraft types, i personaly like them both and have no preference as they are very reliable and safe machines to fly on.

For the 1 to 3 hours flights i usually take, my preference will be the 717 or the MD 80 and not 738 or 320. The reason for that is the 2-3 configuration in economy, less chances to get a middle seat.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:04 pm

Honestly, I feel better in an A320.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:25 pm

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 14):
Ease of flying - B737 because its a conventional flying airplane

This is subjective. How can you measure "ease of flying"? I think it's an opinion rather than a fact.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:30 pm

A320 vs 738:

Think you all know my answer....

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:53 pm

If you want to compare you should compare A320 with B737 not B738.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:37 pm

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 13):
Ease of flying - B737 because its a conventional flying airplane

Surely the FBW A320 is an easier plane to fly? Doesn't the FBW system reduce the scope for human error...

The A320 has a nicer interior, due to it's extra width, which is noticeable. As for the economics of the 2 planes, well as a passenger, that's not my problem Big grin
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:07 pm

A320 hands down, feels much more spacious than the 737.

The 737 is a wonderful a/c though  Smile

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting BoeingBus (Reply 7):

I disagree. The 737 has a slight edge... such as better range, and its lighter, so its more efficient. Reliability? 737 wins that too... versatility? 737 wins that too... Airlines have more purchase options, such as the short field, 700C and 700ER..

I dont know if the 737 is more reliable or versatile than the A320, AC has A320's and we hardly have any problems with any of them when it comes to reliability.

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 22):
Surely the FBW A320 is an easier plane to fly? Doesn't the FBW system reduce the scope for human error...

Yes, actually training on Airbus aircraft are cheaper for pilots and crew due to commonality.

The FBW system has Flight Control Computers (FCC's) which prohibit the aircraft from stalling, overspeeding, overstressing, exceeding bank angle of 67 degrees, nose pitch up of 30, down pitch of 15, and you cannot stress the plane past 2.5g.

Plus there is a lot more things the FCC's do to take the workload off the pilots in risky situations.
 
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:40 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 19):
Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 14):
Ease of flying - B737 because its a conventional flying airplane

This is subjective. How can you measure "ease of flying"? I think it's an opinion rather than a fact.

Of course it comes down to pilot preference, but I've heard quite a few opinions that state that when it comes to flying tricky approaches by hand, a yoke with feedback is better than a stick without (plus, one can clip approach plates and other charts to the yoke so they're right in front of you). Interestingly enough, several of the same people said that they still prefer the Airbus, since having that tray table available makes up for all the inconveniences of the stick.

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 15):
Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 14):
(Air Berlin, Air Asia, United, and Easyjet).

I would say only 1 of those 4 makes your point.

At least two of them make the point. United wasn't comparing 320 vs. 737NG, but Air Berlin and Easyjet certainly were - they had 737NGs in their fleet and ordered 320s (319s in U2s case).

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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:48 am

I love Airbus and I love Boeing, but 738 v. A320, I go with the A320. It is just a personal opinion. I have flown both transcon, and both short haul, but I just prefer the A320.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:11 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 25):
At least two of them make the point. United wasn't comparing 320 vs. 737NG, but Air Berlin and Easyjet certainly were - they had 737NGs in their fleet and ordered 320s (319s in U2s case).

But then to be fair, Easyjet swapped to A319s because they got a great deal, not because the A319s were intrinsically better. Similarly FR got a great deal on their 738s.

The massive sales of BOTH types suggest that both Boeing and Airbus got it right, while the poor sales of the MD90 before the Boeing takeover suggest MD got it wrong...too little too late...
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:37 am

HAHA! I thought of posting this exact same thing a few days back,

But I choose the 737 because she is way more photogenic
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:52 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 12):
Acutally, it makes perfect sense, and I agree completely.

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Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
735/318 both are cool because they are so cute.

I always thought that the 737, if this makes any sense,
looks really mean and aggressive, while the A320 looks sort of "happy"
for lack of better words.

Quoting Danny (Reply 21):
If you want to compare you should compare A320 with B737 not B738

Wait, isn't that the equivelent of the A319?

Anyways, I am an A320 lover turned B737 fan!
Althought I love AC's A320s, I prefer the 738.
This is because it is a lot more fun to fly on, there's never
been a boring moment. The winglets are awesome!
The A320's cabin is much nicer and I prefer to fly on an A320
if it is going to be a long flight, just because of the space.
I just can't choose here.


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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:40 am

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 13):
Okay let the missile attacks begin.

Don't worry,you're safe!Some interesting comparisons there,well done!
From the pax point of view,I would say you're spot-on with the Airbus range against Boeing.I've been lucky(!) enough to fly several times on these a/c with equal status airlines(i.e.low-cost!)and Airbus wins hands down.No disrespect to B738's though,they are a much improved aircraft.
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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:45 am

I like both a/c but based on looks alone it would be the A320. Its curvy and I love curvy things.  Big grin

I still feel that the 737 is very nice but the A320 is great, especially those IAE engines

Looking forward to the next A320/73. Mini 787/A350 would be nice


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RE: A320 Vs. 737-800

Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:38 pm

I would take an A320 over a 737 any day of the week and twice on sunday...just love the sounds and the cockpit, however on a long haul flight i think i found the 737 to be more comfortable than the 320. But I still like the 320 a whole lot better

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