Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3707 posts, RR: 52 Posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2463 times:
Even though I consider myself quite up-to-date in aviation and the travel industry, I stumbled upon something yesterday that I haven't ever heard of, or even dreamed up: a company that basically flies you around in a small turboprop plane for 7 days, roughly one flight per day, into all those small airports the big jets can't fly into, and where there aren't any security lines and all that hassle. On arrival, you get a rental car to explore the surroundings, then stay at a hotel and fly to the next destination.
Have you ever done something like this? What kind of equipment do they use? Their web site states that they charter "turbo-prop aircraft seating 30-70 passengers". If I understand this right, they need multiple planes as they offer two 7-day circuits, leaving every day. So assuming their segments are about an hour, and after arrival at one location the plane picks up the last day's guests and fly them to their next stop, and so on, making each segment leave about 2 hours later than the previous segment, they'd still need about 4 to 6 planes total for that kind of operation.
WhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 636 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2273 times:
What're you're referencing is an EMB120 operation "Charter Air Transport" that does: BUR-MRY-SJC-FAT-LAS-GCN-LAS-BUR each day. Ground times are pretty tight. They come into FAT everyday around 11a or so and are back into air within 45 minutes. They had a 328Jet on the route today...but it's just a single aircraft.
I have really enjoyed my experiences on the EMB-120 and DASH-8 flights I've been on. In fact, there are some flights when I have been traveling for business that I have chosen the option to take one of these over a CRJ/ERJ or even a mainline. Guess I'm just an oddball LOL!
Now, back to the OP's question. No, I've never done this, nor will I probably be able to afford this. WOULD I do it???
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