MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10675 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?
AWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10626 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.
JU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10577 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.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3405 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10527 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.
Mark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10506 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
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 )
Bwc1976 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10156 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.
Kevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9982 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.
Benjamin From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9828 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!
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4496 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9782 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.