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Hey! I want to know if you like Airbus more that Boeing or vise versa? I fall somewhere in the middle. I like the A320, but tend to lean more toward Boeing heavies. So... what is it?

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Hello N212NW,Generally I am an Airbus guy, I do however take a Boeing outon occasions, like when I fire up my sim! ;-)Other than that, I like the DC-10 very much (FFG), butthere are no real preference for me in the GA segment.Fly safe,-Niels

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Boeing has been around a LONG time designing, building, researching and developing not only commercial and military aircraft, but they are the number one defense contractor in the US supplying bombs of all types including the "Daisycutter", missiles including Mavericks, Paves, Sidewinders, and SLAMs, ICBMs, the International Space Station, development and testing of the Lifting Body (DynaSoar) used in the Space Shuttle, active explosion armor for armored vehicles, and on, and on, and on.Boeing pioneered airliners. They invented heavy bombers. They are the world's leading aviation corporation.Airbus is a good plane, but the company doesn't come close to being the company that Boeing is. NOT CLOSE!Glenn F.

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Piper forever ;) Otherwise, I'm a Boeing guy.Scott

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glnflwrs, yes but for Airbus to gain about half the market share for airliners in the world in such a short time, THAT impresses me.I'm a bit of both, I like both of their products.

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Heaviest thing I fly is Concorde just wish I had one with a VC - other than that I have only had a quick fly of the default ie Boeing heavies......Not really that impressed !!(Just noticed this is not the FS forum - oops)Pretty impressive how well Airbus is getting on considering the age of the company, also it is great to see that there are alternatives to Boeing in the industry. Should be pretty interesting to see what happens when the A-380 enters service !!

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No doubt, sir, Airbus has come on strong and makes excellent aircraft. They have built their company and aircraft on a strong base of quality and attention to detail. But...My dad was the chief tool/die maker for Boeing Military Division from 1947-1961. That's why the B-52 is such a durable airframe. :>) And I guess that's why I'm partial to Boeing. Can't argue with that now.I'm just being a brat though. Airbus, I'm told by frequent flyers, has the smoothest and quietest ride of any big jet. They're doing alot of thing right or they wouldn't be selling planes.Adios,Glenn Flowers

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With very few exceptions (727s and classic 737s) I'm an Airbus guy. I think gaining about 50% of the airliner market within only 25-30 years (don't know for sure) is proof enough of the quality of their products.Also, don't I have to be supportive of the European aerospace industries (see my sig) ? ;-)

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Trevor,Not to sound too off here, but isn't that a 747 in your sig?

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Kevin,They both have their markets and positives and negatives. For medium-range, I prefer the A320 (in real life), because they're more comfortable. For speed and overall performance I prefer a 757. For just the sheer size and awesome power, I prefer the 747, although A340's are very nice. In general, I prefer the big Boeings except for the 767, which I really don't like. I prefer the smaller Airbuses.In FS, I'm replacing my 742's with A340's so I have more range and fuel economy. In the real world they're a whole lot cheaper, too.My FS fleet now consists of: 747-400, A340, 777, 757, A320 replacing the 737-400 and -700, A319 to replace my 737-500, Bombardier Dash-8-Q400 and Bombardier CRJ-200ER. So there's an even mix.

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>Trevor, >>Not to sound too off here, but isn't that a 747 in your sig? No Scott, look again.

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This is completely silly but I have personal bias for certain aircraft types.737-200 & 727-200 used to fly on them a lot. Great classic planes.Always loved the 737-300 with the nice CFM engines. 737NG

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What both manufacturers need to do is stop thinking bigger, and get into faster. If the Boeing concept plane ever gets started, I'll be one happy camper. I hate the time it takes to fly, and with the ridiculous time waiting in security lines, I don't want to then sit in an uncomfortable, stiff seat for 15 hours, eating cruddy food.To Airbus and Boeing: FASTER not BIGGER. Hell will freeze over before I fly an A380.

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Thanks for the great replies! Well, I am a Boeing fan, but I like Airbus, too. I don't like the A330 much, but do like the A320 & the new A340s. I really like the 777 & 747. The next generation 737s are EXCELLENT. having flown one from KSEA to PANC the ride is quiet & smooth & I was quite impressed. Good competition for the A320. >>Hell will freeze over before I fly an A380.I second that! :-lol

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I think most pilots I've talked to don't like the fact that the Airbus can override a pilot's wishes with it's computer. Witness the Air France A320 that flew itself into the trees (1993? 1994?) because it was in the wrong "mode".Boeing aircraft all have flight computers, of course, but can be manually overridden by the pilot. Recall the case of the attempted hijacking of a FedEx DC-10 (not a Boeing at the time, but same design philosphy). The pilots were attacked by a disgruntled employee and the copilot maneuvered the plane violently, even inverted at one point I think, to help overcome their attacker. That would not be possible in an Airbus, because the Airbus computers do not allow the aircraft to get into an "unsafe" regime of flight.So one may like the ride, the look, whatever of the Airbuses, but from a pilot's perspective I say Boeing all the way.Denny

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>I think most pilots I've talked to don't like the fact that >the Airbus can override a pilot's wishes with it's computer. >Witness the Air France A320 that flew itself into the trees >(1993? 1994?) because it was in the wrong "mode". 1988. As I've said now numerous times, this is old data. Airbuses ALL have pilot overrides since 1990.>Boeing aircraft all have flight computers, of course, but >can be manually overridden by the pilot.So can Airbuses.I hope this is the last time I read this.

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@ Scott:I, too, hope so, but I wouldn't bet any money on it. Just look at that thread titled "Air New Zealand goes plastic", or something like that :-( . When I look at discussions like that one, it does not surprise me at all why people are being more and more alienated on both sides of the Atlantic...it's just nation-bashing at a different level to me.*sigh* :-roll

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Dominik,Thanks. I just feel that I'm banging my head against a wall here. The fact that I've now said that same thing about pilot override four times in two threads means no one's even reading these things. They're just posting this "Airbuses will fly themselves into the ground" BS over and over without actually reading any other responses or getting any actual facts.And the final straw was the "Pilots I know don't like the Airbus because they can't override..." Man, if that were true then I'd say that airline needs to do some serious retraining of their pilots.I'm an American and love Boeing, too. But people need to get their facts straight.It's just gotten to be tiresome, and I'm done with this topic. It's just more false information and fear-mongering to "better" the other company.

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Well said indeed, Scott. As you can see from my sig, I, too, like both Boeing and Airbus, but I, too, am fed up when people think they can or should use items like aircraft to try and prove that one "industrial power" - I'd like to keep nationalities deliberately out of this - were better than the other, because this is what it all boils down to, IMHO.I am not a pilot, but believe me, I have read up plenty about both Boeing and Airbus to know that BOTH brands offer FBW override functions. A few months ago there was a VERY good article in the aviation magazine I use to read which explained the logic behind Airbus's FBW design, and there they expressly stated that there IS an override option. Me, I will never ever blindly jump on the bandwagon and start posting irresponsible and unfounded claims like these put forward in this thread.This topic should really be buried for good. I for my part will not take part in wholly pointless discussions like these any longer.

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I say airbus all the way, but thats just me, i love lufthansa 747's and BA 777's but airbus is still growing, yet boeing is at a stand still. they keep pushing the old aircraft and just adding on to them, like the 747-400XQLR or whatever. yet airbus is looking for something new, like the A380. i just flew on a brand new A319-112 on frontier airlines last week and the seats were much more comfortable, there was no squeaking like on most A320/A321's and the head rests are flexible to fit your head!! the 737-800 w/ winglets (for example on ATA) the seats just arent as comfortable. the windows dont line up with the seats properly and the seats dont recline right. they sorta, fall out from under you it seems like. i like boeing, but i prefer airbus over them. for right now, there is a large snowstorm approching hell. the A380 will prevail!

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