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737-300 Vs. A319  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9645 times:

From a passengers point of view, the Airbus offers a more comfortable flying experience....there's no denying that, with the wider cabin, more modern interior, and IFE. However, I'll always be partial to the 733. I had about an hour and a half of some quality time on a 733 today while it was on the ground...first time on the aircraft in some time...enjoyed every minute of it. Many captains that I talk to say that nothing flies like a Boeing...classic stick and rudder plane. In flight, I find the Airbus to be almost too "smooth" for me. The plane cuts through turbulence like a warm knife through butter. The 737 tends to be a little less perfect in this area...which is a good thing...you get more of a "flying feel". Don't get me wrong, A319 aircraft are great workhorses. But in many cases, newer doesn't automatically make it better.

So...which do you prefer, Boeing's 737-300 or the Airbus A319, two aircraft which pretty much compliment each other in terms of capacity and effiency?


Steve in MSY




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User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9596 times:

I will always be partial to the 737's. I enjoy flying on them over the A319/320. When I worked for an airline the A319/A320 always seemed to give us more issues then the Boeings ever did. As one co-worker one said the airbus just looks cheap.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9584 times:

The 737's.


You don't need GSE equptment to load the bellies.

The Boeing has more room accross the shoulders, and you don't notice that alleged 3 inches at the floor.




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User currently offlineJU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9547 times:

I never thought i would read what you two have posted, but i must agree! If you are really looking at enjoying the true virtue of flight, there is perhaps no better aircraft than the Boeing 737. I have flown the Boeing 737-300 many times, and the experience was always pleasant. Meanwhile, though the Airbus 320 family is an engineering wonder, it would tend to satisfy the customer that doesn't like flying. Reduced cabin noise and turbulence makes the flight somewhat boring.

I even enjoyed the Air Canada Boeing 737-200.

Nevertheless, gentlemen, nothing beats the DC-10 Big grin


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9497 times:

Gimme a B737 anyday. I dont care if its a -100 or a -900, the Boeing 737 is "Simply the Best".
I would take any B737 over an A318/319/320/321 anyday. I must admit, the A32x is a very nice aircraft, but the Boeing 737 is the best aircraft ever built.

CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9476 times:


I like where the 733 fits in the the whole 737 family lineage. Young enough to be stage 3 from inception --no unsightly and only-mildly-successful hushkits that most 732s still flying are saddled with nowadays-- while on the other hand 'old' enough to have all the look and feel of "classic Boeing metal". A great little plane in a legendary plane family  Smile


The A319 has much less to to tell wax lyrical about, though I do like the junior-sized look of the "Stubbybus" A319. ( "Li'l Stubby", the A318, having of course an even more pronounced look in this department as well )


User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9442 times:

I prefer the A319. The cabin is wider than the B733 and there's been no "mystery crashes."

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9437 times:

I prefer the A319. The cabin is wider than the B733

I doubt any passenger can discern the very small difference in cabin width.




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User currently offlineSRD737NG From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9439 times:

Just wait awhile IndustrialPate.

User currently offlineBlueskies From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9389 times:

I always try to choose A320 series over the B737 Classics, if possible. The 737 Classics are noisy and cold (seems that the insulation in the walls is not very efficient) inside.

The B737NGs are much better than Classics, but still I find myself choosing the A320 series.

In widebodies, I do not have any preference between B & A products. B767, B777, B747, A330 and A340, anything goes. Even the MD11  Smile.

Greetings,
Blueskies




User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9379 times:

I doubt any passenger can discern the very small difference in cabin width.

I'm not a big person, but I can certainly tell that the seats in A320-family aircraft are wider than those in B737-family ...


User currently offlineOsteogenesis From Germany, joined May 2003, 647 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9350 times:

IndustrialPate,

I prefer the A319. The cabin is wider than the B733 and there's been no "mystery crashes."

SRD737NG,

Just wait awhile IndustrialPate.

 Acting devilish

I am sure you can’t wait for it to happen.
So that you can all bitch against Airbus in pleasure.  Angry


User currently offlineMSCchiara From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9340 times:

If I were to choose I'd always take the B737 series, I don't like the A320 series in bad weather conditions (thunderstorms and heavy rain). Cabinwise they both bring me comfortably from A to B.

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9326 times:

I'm not a big person, but I can certainly tell that the seats in A320-family aircraft are wider than those in B737-family ...

I thought that NWA used the same seat width throughout the fleet; maybe I'm wrong...



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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9294 times:

I prefer the 737-300 over the A319. The A319 looks too short and stubby. However if the choice was between A320 V 737-400 i would take the A320.

User currently offlineBwc1976 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9126 times:

My first flight on both was very pleasant and memorable. From the outside I definitely like the Airbus better, as the engine nacelles aren't squashed at the bottom like the 737, and I also like the winglets. As for the interior, that depends on the individual airline, but it was on an Airbus that I first saw the LCD screens that folded down from the ceiling. Since then I've seen them on 737NG's as well, although as far as I can tell there's no reason the airlines couldn't put them on their older 737's if they wanted. Also I would love the wider seats, although I don't remember if United (the only 2 times I've been on an Airbus so far) uses them on theirs.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9111 times:

thought that NWA used the same seat width throughout the fleet; maybe I'm wrong...

The A319/A320 are about 0.5" wider in First compared to the B757.


User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9096 times:

Wasn't the 737-300 what Delta Express flew? Sorry, but I'd fly a US Airways A-319 over a Delta Express 737-300 any day...(not just because I'm not a big Delta fan)


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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6965 posts, RR: 76
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9008 times:

I like both... but if I want to sleep on a short haul connection after a long haul flight, I'd pick the 737-300... window seat....

I can't rest my head on the wall/window properly on the bus  Sad

Haven't been on the 319, 320 was good, the 321 was a nightmare... Haven't been on NGs either...

Mandala499



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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 729 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8952 times:

I have flown on A few A319's by Croatia Airlines and they are very smooth and comfortable and I have flown a few B737-300 with United, Lufthansa and Southwest and I rather be on a B737-300 better. the 737 is not so perfect and I feel more comfortable on one of those. The 737-300 is my favorite 737 version. However the 737-800 is in second place.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8867 times:

DLX flew 732s.


I always avoid the 737 when possible. I've given Delta and DL Shuttle's 738s several chances, the cabin is just plain uncomfortable. That's of course DL's fault not Boeings, but still.

The reality is that most A320s are better appointed than any 737-300 you could find, and, as such, I avoid them like the plague.

N


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8820 times:

The A319 has a smoother, quieter ride, and the airlines usually equip them with IFE. However, nothing beats a classic 737.

User currently offlineBenjamin From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8798 times:

I too notice the increased width of the A32x series vs. the 737x. How much is it? I don't think it's a matter of the seat width - I think just the extra width of the interior makes it feel more spacious.

That said, I don't think that there is one that I like "more". The Airbus does feel modern and new, but the 737 is a classic!

B.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8752 times:

The A319/A320 are about 0.5" wider in First compared to the B757.

Thanks for the clarification!

As far as I'm concerned, a lot of my enjoyment of the flight had to do with the interior design. I felt a lot "happier" on the Airbus (seemed to have a brighter, more ergonomic interior) than the older 737s, but once the 737's started to get new cabins (a la 737NG) it really balanced the two out from a pax standpoint. I don't really see much difference between them nowadays.



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User currently offlineMoPac From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8734 times:

I prefer the A319. The cabin is wider than the B733 and there's been no "mystery crashes."

LOL. Ditto that.


25 B4real : MSYtristar: The IFE you mention is trivial. Any airline can equip the a/c how they want. You could, but will probably never see: American Eagle retool
26 Post contains images Pilotpip : 737s are easier to fuel than the A320 series. The wing on the A320 is higher on the fuselage, one of the reasons that the nacelle isn't squished. As a
27 Flyboyaz : There is a major difference in comfort compared to the two. I would much rather sit in an Airbus for 5 hours than a 737 NG...the seats are much better
28 B4real : Flyboyaz: Airbus doesn't make airplane seats, they make airplanes. It all revolves around how the airline chooses to equip the aircraft.
29 Flyboyaz : If you tried to fit an Airbus seat in a 737 you would have very little aisle left....again, there's no comparision in comfort. Airbus is the winner.
30 ConcordeBoy : I'm certainly no fan of Airbus.... but they really hit it on the head with the A32x. I prefer it over the 737, any day.
31 IndustrialPate : I prefer [the A320 family] over the 737, any day. I think somebody's posting under ConcordeBoy's ID...
32 Post contains images Gigneil : Oh he's just a bitch most of the time. He loves the A320 and will pay extra to fly on it... he thinks the A330-200 is a majestic aircraft, and he thin
33 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : What ya talking about, I love all aircraft! ...I just dont think that A340s merit to be called "aircraft"... future beverage containment units is a mo
34 Sllevin : I'm not a big person, but I can certainly tell that the seats in A320-family aircraft are wider than those in B737-family ... That depends on the oper
35 Gigneil : Its really a tough call all around. A DC-9 on Northwest is very different than another operator. Its very 717 like and clean. A US Airways 737-300 is
36 Atrude777 : I prefer 737's over Airbus, but really its all I fly since I am usually flying Southwest, but if I book on a major airline that offeres both the A320
37 Dionysus : I prefer the A320s because of wider seats.
38 RayChuang : We shouldn't be comparing the 737-300 versus the A319. The reason is simple: the 733 has relatively short range, while the A319 is capable of USA tran
39 Flykal : Gigneil, to answer your question about landing a 737 vs Airbus... I've had some experience of flying both airplanes (737NG and A330) and the 737 is an
40 Post contains links and images DC-10 Levo : Hard decision to make. I really like Boeing, I like them much more than Airbus but both aircraft are really nice. View Large View MediumPhoto © S
41 Flyboyaz : I had always thought for Boeing to be truly competitive with the Airbus single aisle planes, they should have developed a totally new aircraft to matc
42 Gigneil : I think a mini 7E7 will be the path we see taken. N
43 Iflewrepublic : I, too, have flown in both SEVERAL times and SEVERAL different carriers. I must agree with PilotPip...I'd take the 727 anyday of the week. Iflewrepubl
44 AA737-823 : How's this for fence sitting: I like the A319 over the 737-second gen. But I like the Next Gen 737 better than the airbus. Haha. But yeah, I find the
45 Post contains images Rickb : Give me a DC9 or MD80 anyday. Even talking from a pure passenger perspective - the 2-3 layout wins handsdown regardless of the extra width of the Airb
46 ATA L1011 : I agree with AA-737-823 the 737-300,400,500 should be 2nd generation they are still modern and donot share alot with the "classics" 100/200. When I th
47 Capt078 : if not already mentioned, this discussion should really be between the a-320 series and the 737NGs (-600, -700, -800, -900), as the -300 is an older m
48 NoBoeingNoGoin : I have always heard that Airbuses are noiser in the sense that they make funny noises. I was talking to one flight attendant who had been flying for 2
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