- May 24, 2010
In technical terms the 747 deserves its storied reputation, but in terms of actual flying the coach cabin on a 742, 743, or 744 was a lot like any other Boeing of the era. The first time you enter the nose or the second floor is a novel experience, but it soon becomes just another flight. For me the only aircraft that truly felt different was the A380. It may look uglier than sin and come with a burn rate that makes no sense, but it also came with more width, more pitch, less noise, and smoother turbulence. I've had plenty of cramped and uncomfortable experiences on 737's, 747's, 757's, 767's, 777's, and 787's, but not on an A380. I can fully understand why the A380 is being retired at the fastest rate of any widebody ever, but as a passenger it was the only time the aircraft did as much to influence my comfort as the airline.