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 is still the Airbus A340 series (I have yet to fly with the A380). I love its sleek structure, the curvy wings and its spacious cabin that’s incredibly quiet. The aircraft also feels very steady when there’s turbulence. My brother, who’s a pilot, would disagree with me. He currently flies the A340 but I’m sure he’ll switch any day for Boeing’s 777 series. Pilots of course have a different view of an aircraft than the passengers in the back. I once had a discussion with a pilot about the difference between piloting Airbus and Boeing planes. He said that flying Boeing planes can be compared to driving a Formula One car whilst Airbus planes were more like limousines. He even went so far as to suggest that Boeing planes were more masculine and Airbus planes more feminine by nature – he argued that pilots use more strength to fly Boeing planes while Airbus planes, with their touch sensitive gear, only required a gentle touch. I thought that was fascinating.
Do you have a particular favourite? If yes, which aircraft is it and why?