Most travellers have a favourite airline or airport, even a favourite type of aircraft. As a frequent flyer, I’ve become a huge fan of Airbus planes. My favourite aircraft for much of the 1990’s and 00’s was the Airbus A340. I loved its sleek structure and its spacious cabin that’s incredibly quiet. The aircraft also feels very steady when there’s turbulence.
However, in 2015, the Airbus A350 entered service, and since my first flight with it in 2018, this aircraft has become my new favourite!
There are many reasons why I love the A350. Aestheically, it’s gorgeous! From its magic carpet like winglets to its sleek fuselage and cockpit window that looks like the mask of a superhero, this plane is just a treat to look at. Its Boeing counterpart, the 787 Dreamliner, on the other hand, features a weird, drooping nose, a low-hanging fuselage and a tail that looks out of proportion to the length of the plane.
The interior of the A350 is another big reason why this is my favourite plane. Its wide, spacious cabin with beautiful mood lighting is a joy to enter! Even in Economy, that sense of space is unmistakable. In the air, nothing beats the quietness of the A350. I vividly remember being so surprised when I removed my noise-cancelling phones during the flight to discover that there was only a marginal difference. Resting on my favourite travel pillow, I could sleep very well without my headphones on (something I can never do on other aircraft).
My other preferred planes to fly with include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (in my book, it offers a similar flying experience but is a tad inferior to the A350 in terms of spaciousness; but I do love the big windows), Boeing 777-300 (steady, aesthetically beautiful plane), Airbus A380 (what’s there not to love about this big bird?) and Embraer 190 (quiet and comfortable narrowbody).
Read about flying into London City Airport.
Read about my visit to the Airbus factory in Hamburg.