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787, A350, or A380: What’s The Best Plane For Passenger Experience?

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Have you ever watched a bottle of water become a crushed, miniature version of itself while airborne? That simple visual is the most common reminder that flying in a metal tube is not quite like life down on earth. Fortunately, airlines are investing major dough in upgrading their fleets- and some of the newer offerings are simply fantastic for the passenger experience. Here’s how to choose between the best new planes… (www.aviationfigure.com) Más...

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joelwiley
joel wiley 5
IMHO, the 'passenger experience' is less a matter of the hollow metal tube than what the operators of the tube cram into it in the way of classes, seats and services.

wopri
If the hollow metal tube is sized just right so you can squeeze in 9 18 inch wide seats abreast plus two aisles, but not more, than you do have at least enough width for your seats. Boeing tried to make a very confortable cabin with 2-4-2 seating in their 787, but airlines soon figured out it would be possible to use a 3-3-3 layout by fitting in narrower seats. That's why most people feel the A350 is more confortable than the B787. Before anyone protests, I fully agree that the culprits are the airlines, not Boeing.
jcsjcs
jcsjcs 1
I fully agree with both you and Wolfgang Prigge.
It feels a bit strange to read "the A380 is good because it has showers" or "a bar". No, it only has showers or a bar if you fly certain airlines in certain classes, so completely irrelevant for someone flying in coach.
And then it also depends whether the coach seats are on the main deck or the upper deck as configuration will be different. And we're not even talking about seat pitch yet.
I'm also pretty sure that humidity on the A350 will depend on how much additional water the airlines are willing to bring along...
ebychi
eby chi 2
the A380 without a doubt.
RaySouth
Ray South 2
For seat width I think the 707 took some beating!
jrchris9
john russell 2
The Question should be, which AIRLINE is the most comfortable to fly on! Aircraft manufacturers try to improve things but its ALWAYS down to the Airline.
DavidBrowett
David Browett 1
Any Airplane you fly on, the level of comfort depends wholly on which class of service you're going to travel in, let's face First class is going to be better experience that EYC, @ Business Class is in between, saying that, the actual flying experience with regards to turbulence is going to be same no matter what class you're seated in, EYC will seem like a metal tube, FC / BC, more space, better seating, better of service, hence better satisfaction of flying experience than if in EYC. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
wopri
There is a world of a difference in service between different airlines when comparing the same class. Even lowly economy class can be better than the torture chamber you get from some airlines, and for the same price.
cmoltay
Arda Moltay 1
I agree it is the airline in the end that defines comfort. However, I disagree with the articles mention that A380 is very quiet and stable. The upper deck does not feel very stable and the lower deck is by no means very quiet. If I had to vote I would put B787 over A380 in terms of comfort. I have not flown an A350.
wopri
I can not agree with that. The A380 is slightly ahead of the B744, both on the upper deck. I have not been on a B748 yet, I doubt I'll ever be, there are none on the routes I regularly travel. As for the B787, I avoid it like the plague, airlines are killing it with their high density configuration.
baz192
I have read Thai are due do begin using the A350, Heathrow to Bangkok route on 1st Sept, I do hope that is true, I fly that route on 18th Sept and looking forward to the experience..
baz192
Update on this, as of 14/9, Thai have not yet started The A350 London to Bangkok, but future flight listings show it due to start on 18/9, THA917, which is the flight I am booked on, lets hope so....
baz192
The A359 1st flight on LHR-BKK THA917 overnight route was on Sept 18th, I was on it, celebrations at the gate, champagne etc, the flight was fantastic, for the 1st time ever I slept for 5 hours, more leg room and an altogether nicer feel in the aircraft, the return flight was almost empty, all in the rear section had a row of seats to themselves and still plenty empty...
ric1950
Aún no he viajado en un A 350, pero de los otros dos modelos, me parece que son aviones muy diferentes, aunque si tuviera que elegir optaría por el B787, es mas el tipo de avión en los que suelo viajar, el A 380 si bien es impresionante, parece mas un tren que un avion.

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