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View Poll Results: Do You Choose the Brand of Airplane You Fly?
If it ain't Boeing I'm Not Going! 7 20.00%
Airbus Scarebus - I like 'em. 3 8.57%
Doesn't matter - give me schedule and make it CHEAP! 25 71.43%
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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-05-03, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do You Make a Choice When You Fly?

I have always gone out of my way to fly Boeing airplanes. Always have and probably always will. Having worked in the game for well over 14 years I've seen what goes on and I have to say that the safety record is a major thing for me.

Take Qantas CityFlyer. No chance in hell I'm catching a Scarebus A330 - good airplane but not a real good record really. In the hands of Qantas and Cathay for example it's gonna be okay but if you gave me the choice of a Boeing 777 there'd be no second thoughts.

So I guess I was wondering, just for interest's sake, do you make a decision on what flight you are going to catch based on the airplane operating the flight?

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I base it on economics and plane versions. There is no way I want to get on a Airbus again!
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Pity I can't avoid 737's as well but that's a bit hard in this country.
Not exactly a stunning safety record.

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well lets see
being from tassie
2 choices
Qantas 717 (Old DC9, with a new name)
Virgin 737
Overseas, welll 9 out of 10 are 747's
mind you done Lockheads 111
Didnt like the Boing 777 much
Still cant beat sitting in the pilots seat of a little Cessna or Piper is there

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I'm a casual pilot (when time, cash and aicraft availability allows it), working towards my PPL, and for some reason i like boeing, when flying in a commercial jet. Can't say i decide what to fly on based on who makes it, but i prefer boeing.

The real planes i'd like to fly have Lockheed martin or McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) in the name, usually followed by an F (and if i'm really lucky, the number 22.)
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Usually when i fly Melb to Brissy its on a qantas 767 or 737, most times pretty new models. Last time flew Virgin on a new one as well. The newer ones tend to give me a tad more confidance before boarding, although after a few flights i dont even think about it.

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The last time I went on an Airbus was in 1993 and on that occasion an aircraft engineer was sitting beside me during the flight telling me everything that can and does go wrong with them...will never fly on an Airbus again!

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I wouldn't know what kind of plane i'm on.. except a 747, they are pretty easy to recognise!

As long as its Qantas/Virgin i'm sweet.
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Yes, absolutley AP. If it aint Boeing I aint going. Well, maybe except for Concorde which will be finishing up in September. Not only am I fussy about aircraft type, but also the operating airline. There's only about five or six airlines that I'll fly with.

Doing a Masters in Aviation at Uni at the moment and subjects like Airline Safety Accident Prevention and Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques. Well can I at least say that I prefer a yoke and pedals to a sissystick.

And I do have a habit of reading about Air Disasters whilst on long haul flights.

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