Wow, I will gladly ride on the Airbus over a Boeing narrowbody anyday. The Airbus is about 8 inches wider, meaning each seat is one inch wider, and the aisle is a bit wider. boeing designed the narrowbody fuselage in 1957 for the Boeing 707, and has stuck with the same dimensions for all of their narrowbody airplanes. It is just too narrow for today's passengers! Try putting three normal size men in a three across row, and their shoulders are touching, and the guy on the aisle is really out in the aisle. In my opinion, Boeing needs to get with the real world, and widen their narrowbody airplanes to a tolerable size.
And, if you are in the last row on a 737-900, it will take you about 11 or 12 minutes to deplane at the end of the flight!
Without a doubt Airbus makes a great plane, i fly them often and have few complaints. Thanks for the interesting stats, they really do help explain the success of the Airbus narrowbody.
Regarding the Boeing narrowbody, i've heard that flying transatlantic on a 757 is nightmarish in terms of passenger comfort. I've never had the (mis)fortune of flying a 757 to Europe, but it would be something i'd want to avoid if possible. Still, the *range* of the plane is quite impressive to me!
I fly the PHL-SFO route fairly often, and i'm almost always flying on an A320 or A321. With my upcoming trip, United had a better deal than US Airways. And even with United i was expecting to get an Airbus. So seeing that i'll be on a 737 for the return leg was just something of a pleasant surprise. I guess as an American some part of me does wanna root for Boeing. Also, it's been a little while for me since i've been on a Boeing so even if the comfort level isn't as good as an Airbus it will still be interesting for me.
As i said before, i'm easily impressed! Thanks for the reply.