By Gregory Karp
(11:14 a.m. CDT, August 21, 2013)
In a survey of more than 1,000 fliers by Airfarewatchdog, the most loved airplane is the relatively new Boeing 777 (25 percent) followed by the even larger Boeing 747 (18 percent) and Airbus A380 (16 percent).
“The 777 is not only newer, but it affords a sense of spaciousness that even the larger 747 doesn’t have,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog. However, he said it was interesting that the A380, despite not being common, was nearly as popular as the much more familiar 747. That may be due to the fact that the A380 is much quieter in flight, “perhaps the quietest ride in the sky,” he said.
The touted Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is made mostly of composite materials and contains many passenger-pleasing amenities, came in fourth, with 8 percent. Hobica surmised that the negative publicity about the Dreamliner’s problems with overheating batteries this year might have hurt its ranking, along with the fact that relatively few people have flown on one. Among U.S. carriers, Chicago-based United Airlines is the only airline to operate Dreamliners. It has six.
The workhorse Boeing 737 came in fifth, at 7 percent.
According to the poll, rankings of other aircraft were Boeing 767, 7 percent; Boeing 757, 5 percent; Airbus A320/312, 4 percent; Airbus 330, 4 percent; Embraer 190, 3 percent; Airbus A340, 2 percent; Boeing 717, 2 percent; Embraer 195, 1 percent. “Other” aircraft garnered 4 percent.