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Question about flying different Boeing products, etc
Hi I just found your website and it’s really interesting.
I work at Boeing on the 787 program functional test, landing gear and flight controls.
I rarely get to see the interior of an airplane when it’s done, your pictures and reviews are really interesting. I was wondering if you notice a difference between 787, 747-737-777, is it smoother quieter what’s it actually like I’ve never actually flown on a 787 yet
Well the 787 is billed as being quieter than other Boeing planes, has better pressurization so that it’s easier on the body and overall a more comfortable ride. I do notice that it’s quieter than other Boeing planes and am a fan of the 787. I hear the A350 is even quieter but I havent flown that for myself. I believe Lucky prefers the A350 over the 787 though.
I’ll take the 747 any day though 😀
[QUOTE=”David W, post: 24907, member: 29″]Well the 787 is billed as being quieter than other Boeing planes, has better pressurization so that it’s easier on the body and overall a more comfortable ride. I do notice that it’s quieter than other Boeing planes and am a fan of the 787. I hear the A350 is even quieter but I havent flown that for myself. I believe Lucky prefers the A350 over the 787 though.
I’ll take the 747 any day though :D[/QUOTE]
Have you flown on that Singapore A350?
Nope, I havent flown on [I]any[/I] A350s yet 🙁
I do agree that the 787 is quieter. Not sure I fully appreciate the pressurization changes but hopefully it’s helping my body :). Have mixed feelings about the electronic dimming windows.
I was doing a little comparison the other day on 787 vs. 350 having recently flown both long haul and short haul. Some things to consider, IMO:
Quietness: 787 definitely on take-off but the A350 is quieter at cruising speed with less wind noice. In fact on the A350 you don’t even know you’re in a plane.
Cabin: The A350 appears to be larger because there aren’t bins in the middle. Spec wise I’ve not done a comparison.
Lavs: The A350 seem to be a little larger.
Windows: I think I like the 787 dimming windows best. Qatar has electronic shades on the 350 but the others I’ve flown have pull down. With the electronic and dimming the crew can darken the cabin. On Cathay the other day the shade was difficult to pull down.
Turbulence: This is hard to compare as you’re never in the same situation. However out of Narita a couple weeks ago on a JAL 787 it was really rough. But it was the sound of turbulence, not the jolt of the plane. It’s hard to explain. The crew was told to be seated and you could hear the plane hitting the wind and clouds, but you really didn’t feel it. I sat right at the engine and it was night. With the landing lights on you could see the rain and clouds. It was like a bang bang bang but the plane was stable. I have to attribute it to the aircraft as I’ve never experienced turbulence like this before.
Entertainment: Airbus makes a tail and front camera available, haven’t seen an outside camera on 787.
A350 issue: I’ve been on 7 A350 engine start ups. Each time the cabin filled with that obnoxious jet fuel smell. This used to happen on older planes like the 727. Never smelled this on a 787.
Wing Flex: Pretty darn cool on the 787.
Mood-lighting: While both have it, I think the A350 has more options, and at least some pretty cool combinations I’ve seen on QR and CI.
Pressurization and humidity: At first I wasn’t sure, but now am convinced you feel better after a long flight. Certainly my nose is less dry after flights on both.
Seating back in economy may be a different story. I know some airlines pack them in and there have been lots of complaints about 9 across on the 787. I’ve only flown J.
I like them both. [USER=29]@David W[/USER] I agree there is nothing like the 747, too bad they are getting old and decrepit and no one wants the 8i. These new “smaller” aircraft are just not as visually impressive as the 747/777/380’s. Yes inside they are super nice, but so were the others in their day. But it’s what we have until the 77X. The hair splitter for me is the dimming windows on the 787, sorry [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER]!
787: UA, AC, NH, NZ, JL
350: SQ, QR, CX, CI
Has Lucky reviewed any a350s?