There are four aircraft at the moment which are the most interesting or most comfortable to fly on. It is important to check the aircraft type when making a booking as it could change your flight experience markedly.
Below is a short list of aircraft that either provide an exceptional flight or that are worth going out of your way to get on as they are unique or new.
Quiet, comfortable and with large windows, the Boeing 787 provides a really nice flying experience. While I have been annoyed on more than one occasion by windows that fog up easily, in all other respects the flights are great.
My first flight on board had me marveling at how quiet it is inside and how it is virtually silent on landing. It’s certainly impressive and the low cabin altitude does make a noticeable difference when it comes to jet lag.
Bombardier’s CSeries Aircraft
From all reports, the Canadian Bombardier CSeries is an excellent aircraft. It is positioned in the 100 to 130 seat segment of the market, meaning it is smaller than the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series jets that are common today. Featuring five abreast seating, there are half the number of middle seats resulting in a much better passenger experience.
This aircraft is currently infamous thanks to Boeing throwing their toys out of the pram at the fact Delta Air Lines chose to buy the CSeries over its own Boeing 737 product. At this time, Boeing have successfully lobbied the US Government into applying an almost 300% import tariff on CSeries deliveries… so whether Delta ever get what they ordered is still to be seen.
The Russian industry continues to produce SuperJets and Ireland’s CityJet has received six of them. You can fly them on regular services with Brussels Airlines which have leased five of the six. People in North America can fly on them with Mexico’s Interjet who operate 22 examples and of course Aeroflot and other Russian carriers also have them.
While featuring five abreast seating like the CSeries, the SuperJet is older technology, first flying in 2008 and entering service in 2011. Having had a bad experience on Brussels Airlines once, I’d rather not fly with them ever again, so I may wait until CityJet operate them to London City Airport in their own right.
Unexpectedly, I discovered that I like the Airbus A350 even more than the Boeing 787. I find the cabin is possibly quieter inside and I quite like the windows that don’t feature the electrical dimming.
Many airlines operate the Airbus A350 and the latest version, the A350-1000, is due to go into service with Qatar Airways in early 2018. Comfortable and well designed, it is certainly the most modern aircraft in service today.
Anyone should be happy to fly on any of the above aircraft during the coming year. Whether it’s long haul passenger comfort you are looking for, or geeking out on one of the rare or new jets, there is something for everyone.
Who knows, you might be old school and plan your flights to always have Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 767s. It depends what tickles your fancy really!
Do you have any plans to fly on specific aircraft in the next year? I’d love to hear about it. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by byeangel-from-Tsingtao-China.
Air New Zealand image by Darren Koch. airBaltic by Javier Rodríguez, Palma de Mallorca.
Brussels Airlines image by Ronald-Vermeulen. Cathay Pacific by MercerMJ.
All images via Wikimedia Commons.