Hi,folks.Here's one for you.Which aircraft do you rate as the best new gen widebody?I favour the B787.
Airbus A350XWB. A practically trouble-free flight campaign and the Rolls Royce engines are performing at spec or better.
That's almost unheard of for the launch engines. On the 787 both engine types were 3% or so below spec on fuel burn. Rolls Royce reckon they still have some margin to play with so the engines could get even better. it's all about economy these days.
The A350 and 787 actually complement each other to a degree and several important airline customers like IAG
, Air France KLM
, United and Qatar Airways have ordered both.
Prefer the Bus personally, purely from an aesthetic point of view. Still not sure how comfortable I'd be getting on the American just yet.
Here's a question that I've often thought of but never asked - the 350's main landing gear bogey's drop to the forward wheels after being lowered, much like the 767's and 380's. On 777's, 330's, 744's etc they drop to the rear wheels? Angle of desent?
Another shout for Airbus here too. As Johansen says I like the looks of the Airbus more (though the 787 is also a looker) but with the problems and after seeing the Al Jazeera documentary it put me off getting on one.
Up until that point I had been looking at ways to fly on one but I'm now going to give them a wide berth.
intereesting,not much support for the 787 at the moment.
I don't think it's a case of support, just that the choice is out there and so far people prefer the looks and 'story' of the A350.
As I said above, airlines are looking and finding a place for both. That alone says something. The 787 looks better now it's stretched but I would despair at having to fly longhaul and being sat next to the 'join' without a window!
Engine-wise (where it counts) the 787 is about to benefit from the Rolls Royce Trent 1000-TEN introduction on later models such as the 787-1000. That's an engine using technology from the later Trent XWB engine. Thrust is up and fuel burn further reduced. The 787-800 is very much the 767-200 of the range; it's the more advanced stretched versions where the action will be at. Better propulsion and advanced aerodynamics as well as looking more proportioned too.
The Airbus is just newer, a bit bigger, better looking and (so far) looks to be more reliable. But it's a close thing.
Personally I prefer the 748i but I can't wait for the NG