Date: 06 Jan 2000 01:26:01 From: "Mike and Sherley Nichols" <email@example.com> References: 1 2
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marlin zorsky <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message <airliners.1999.1308@ohare.Chicago.COM> ... > two engines vers three. line maintance is mostly engines, one less & > wing engines are easier to service. Never posted a reply before, so here goes. Previous poster was correct in stating that the 757 wasn't really a good replacement aircraft, and was in fact a new "category" aircraft. A320 and 737-800 are true 727 replacements. Flying for a major carrier that soon will have a bunch of -800s, I wish to some extent that we had purchased the Airbus. The cockpit is far larger (with 2 jumpseats plus space; the -800 cockpit is much more cramped). The Airbus has a larger cockpit, large flight-attendant-friendly galley (I have yet to talk to a FA that didn't despise the -800 galley), wide aisle and wide spacious seats (wide by narrowbody standard, at least). Boeing seems to have merely stretched and slightly prettified a 30 year old design. As a matter of fact, you still have to manually bring the generators on line when starting engines, just so the overhead panel could still be called a 737! The Wall Street Journal also had an article about how airline bean counters, but not passengers, like the 737-800. On the flip side, Boeings are always fun to fly, and I am a bit leery of an aircraft that continually causes the pilot to wonder what it is doing now?!