This Week on BNET (August 11 – 15)

How Important is Aircraft Type?
Do people really care what type of plane they’re flying on? A report from Boeing says that they do, but I’m not entirely convinced on this one.

Air Canada’s Olympic Ads Work, United’s Don’t
United and Air Canada have both put out ads as official Olympic sponsors. While Air Canada’s work for me, United’s do not.

Northwest’s Smart WorldPerks Marketing
There are plenty of reasons not to like airline marketing, but I received an email from Northwest after my latest booking that was very smart on their part.

United and American Make Opposite Fleet Moves
United is likely to cancel its narrowbody commitments while American is ramping up. Why are the two airlines taking such different tacts?

American and British Airways Apply for Antitrust Immunity
Now that open skies between the US and Europe has opened up Heathrow, American and British Airways and looking to catch up to the other alliances.

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Of course we care about what kind of aircraft we fly!!!
A CRJ versus an ERJ. An A319 versus a 757! A 747 versus a 767. Its all about comfort.


The type of aircraft I fly makes a huge difference. Being a frequent flyer of both NWA and AA I always try to avoid NW’s old DC-9 and AA’s MD80, although it’s not always possible. Long haul makes less difference but given the choice I often go AA on the 777 over NW and the A330 but that’s mostly airline preference – “what’s on the inside.”


I gotta agree with the above statements, even before I started working in aviation I always compared aircraft. I’ll take a CRJ or an ERJ before jumping into a Saab 340, Dash-8, or Cessna 402 anyday.


Cranky, to answer your question, it’s personal preference. I prefer a 737 over the DC-9/MD80 airframe. It feels more comfortable to me. As for age, I always avoid the CRJ’s and they’re relatively new. And I’d still much rather fly on an L1011/DC-10 (with modern interior of course) over any new 777 or A330. Call me a fan of the tri-jets, but I found them to be fabulously comfortable planes.

I think the folks who read CF are going to be the folks who care what type of aircraft they’re on. It’s the other 99 percent of the world that don’t. Even after putting up with my airplane dorkiness for years, my wife can identify precisely five kinds of aircraft: “big ones” (widebodies), “three-and-threes” (737s, A320 family), “two-and-threes” (MD-80s), “little jets” (RJs), and props. Most people, I think, look at aircraft in exactly the same way. CF’s right: For most people, it’s what’s inside the plane that matters — and even then, it’s an issue of perception. About a year… Read more »
Jason H

I personally don’t care which aircraft I fly. As others have said, it’s what’s inside that counts. That being said, I like to try to fly aircraft I’ve never flown before, even if others think they are horrid. Personally I’m excited I’m going to be flying a Q200 in another month. I like to check off the aircraft I fly. Comfort is nice, but I’d love to fly a 727. I really enjoyed flying a refurbished Piedmont DC-3.

David SF eastbay
I’ve never cared for United’s animated type ads. Airline ads in general turn be off anyway. The ones that show the inside of the plane always show you first class and/or business class but never the cramped coach section. Plane type does make a difference I think. The longer you will be in the plane, the more comfort you would want. An hour flight you won’t die if you are in a cramped plane, but no one enjoys that same aircraft being used on a 5 hour or more flight. Three hours may be the limit for a cramped coach… Read more »

On United long-haul, I ALWAYS choose the non-747 option, even preferring their 767 over the antiquated Jumbos. Anything smaller, I don’t really give a monkeys, unless there is more chance to get an upgrade in a slightly larger 1st cabin (domestically). Agree with Jason H: it is fun to fly in planes you haven’t been exposed to before (even some of the Ilyushins!).

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