San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4995 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6193 times:
On July 11, my family and I are flying Horizon Air on the route ONT-PDX-RDM. The flights are on a CRJ-700 and a Dash 8-200. I've never flown that airline, those types, and have never been to PDX or RDM. This is the first time my 10-year-old brother has flown, and the first time my parents have flown in about 10 years. What can we expect?
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6163 times:
You will expect great aircraft, great on-time performance, get on-board service... get the trend? QX is FANTASTIC! I will rave about them all day. They are head and shoulders above ANY regional airline out there, and I have gotten better service with them then I have with any of the majors.
In fact, I am going to pay more, drive farther out of my way, and fly almost twice as long over Thanksgiving to fly QX rather then Delta.
As far as the aircraft.. the CRJ-700 is my least favorite of Horizon's aircraft. The Q200 and Q400 are my FAVORITE aircraft to fly. The take-offs and landings are incredibly smooth, there is very little cabin noise, you get much better legroom, etc..
And the best perk of all for your parents (and you when you get older), is free beer and wine!
Enjoy your flights, I have no doubt you will. I love QX so much!
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6285 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6120 times:
Don't show up and expect 100% you'll get a CR7 first off. ONT had recieved a lot of Q400's a a/c sub's. A great plane but fly's low and lose's about 20-25 minutes on that segment vs. the CR7. Service is nice with great beers.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6070 times:
I have flown two very short segments on Horizon (Seattle-Victoria and Vancouver-Seattle) and I must tell you it was fantastic. The flight attendant actually hustled with flair to serve a full load on both those very short flights.
MEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1101 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6062 times:
One interesting thing I noted when I flew their Q400 was the lack of window shades. That is probably just a -400 feature though. Who needs window shades anyway, when all you're doing is snapping photos the whole flight. Your -200 will probably be equipped. Other than that, the two times I've flown them, were fantastic flights.
LineMechQX From United States of America, joined May 2004, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5929 times:
Quoting MEL (Reply 8): One interesting thing I noted when I flew their Q400 was the lack of window shades. That is probably just a -400 feature though. Who needs window shades anyway, when all you're doing is snapping photos the whole flight. Your -200 will probably be equipped. Other than that, the two times I've flown them, were fantastic flights.
Not really a Q400 thing as our temp aircrafts 539DS (on lease return) and 546DS returned some time ago did have window shades. It think its more of a horizon thing. Spending most of my flight time on Q200's I don't normally miss them. However they did come in useful once for sleeping on a ferry flight FCA-SEA after a long night of AOG work in the cold. Got to close the whole cabin and pass out in the back.
SAN747- I'm sure you'll have a great trip the flights should be in good contrast for an aviation enthusiast like you. Hopefully you wont have a Q400 subbed for your ONT-PDX flight as has happened often lately. Surprising seeing the drop in PW150A reliability recently and the subsequent increase in CF34 reliability. The 400 is a good plane, but not really suited to a flight that long if avoidable.
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3158 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5922 times:
Rode QX in '03 from SEA to PDX and back. Had a Q200 going to PDX, which reminded me of the 100s that WP has here @ HNL, only a bit quieter. Returning to SEA, I had a Q400 which was QUIET even sitting at the window seat adjacent to the port engine. The counter staff and cabin crew's attitude was great! Definitely will fly them when the opportunity presents itself.
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