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Ever Fly On The Q-Series?  
User currently offlineVanguard737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 683 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4574 times:

Has anyone ever flown on any of the Bombardier Q400? What was your over-all impression of aircraft?

Was it actually as quite and smooth as Bombardier touts?
Was is roomy, clean?
Were the lavatories large enough to actually use?
Were the over-head bins large enough for more than a purse or briefcase?

If you are a crewmember on the Q400, what is your opinion?

Any feedback would be great!


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User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

I'll answer your question in order (I flew on a Q400)

1. No it was downright noisy. I know Bombardier go on and on about how quiet it is. We also had quite a bumpy approach into Bordaux.
2. Not exactly roomy but it was clean though I think clenleness is more a matter for the airline (in this case flybe) than Bombardier
3. Yes so long as you are under 6 foot 5 otherwise it would be a bit of a struggle
4. Not massive but big enough for a laptop bag. Anything bigger than about 3 metres by 6 wouldn't fit up there.
In conclusion it's an OK commuter aircraft but I would'nt want to be on it for more than 2 hours.


User currently offlineVanguard737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 683 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

GSM763

Thanks for your opinions!



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User currently offlineSkymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4542 times:

1. Yes, by far the quietest, smoothest turboprop I've ever been on.
2. It is much more spacious and comfortable than similar CRJ-700.
3. Lavs are big for a commuter aircraft.
4. Overhead bins are still small just like on the CRJ.

Overall, the Q400 is one of my two favorite aircraft.


User currently offlineOlympicbis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4514 times:

I flew twice on it with SAS Commuter and once more on a Wideroe. It is indeed more silent than the ATR42/72 - 200 series ( I have not yet flown in a more modern -500 to compare ). But what I liked most was the take-off performance : really impressive and seems that the pilots did have a lot of fun with it each time !

User currently offlineSX36 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

I have flown on the Q-400 series aircraft operated by QX between SEA and GEG and really enjoyed it. I found it to be quiet, smooth, clean and comfortable. I have another flight on the "Quiet One" coming up very soon, this time between BIL and SEA. My Itenerary says it a 2 hour turboprop ride, and I am looking forward to it. Now for the first leg of my trip I am on a Saab 340 only for an hour and am dreading that flight


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User currently offlineSerbianSkies From Serbia, joined Jan 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4455 times:

Have flown it several times recently on Tyrolean's service between VIE and BEG, and once Cimber Air from CPH to Palanga, Lithuania. It's always been an enjoyable experience and as others have said roomier than some regional jets.

User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 977 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4419 times:

Quoting GSM763 (Reply 1):
Anything bigger than about 3 metres by 6 wouldn't fit up there.

3x6 meteres? Were you carrying a washer/dryer appliance on board?


User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

Arrrgh I mean feet! Sorry head's not screwed on today! But can I blame that on my throat infection.

User currently offlineSpectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

I have been on flyBE's Q400's several times between Belfast City and Newcastle. Whilst they are not as quiet as 737s I didn't find the noise or vibrations to be a problem at all. It is a rather a small and narrow aircraft but I find the seats themselves to be perfectly satisfactory in terms of comfort and leg room. In saying that however the BHD-NCL flights are only about 45 minutes of less usually, so I dont know how comfortably they would be on a longer stage route. The overhead bins are much smaller than on 737A320s, as you would expect, particularly height wise, but you have to expect that with a narrow plane. I dont know how they compare with CRJs though.

easyJet run another Belfast-Newcastle route in 737s and the only way I choose between them and flyBE is who has the better price for the day, I don't favour either for choice of aircraft.


User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4269 times:

I prefer the ATRs and even the E120.
Dash is a bit too noisy and the look of the engines is embarassing. but thats personal likes.



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User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4197 times:

I flew the Q400 on the LAX-RNO-LAX route with QX. On the ground it felt loud and bumpy. In the air it was fairly quiet and smooth. The cabin felt roomy for a regional aircraft. Much better than the CRJ but I still prefer the CR7.


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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

When I flew the Q400 BOI-SEA with QX, I thought it was very comparable to the crj-200 except the windows were much easier to look out of (haven't flown the cr7 yet, so can't compare). The ride was smooth and quiet, but I was a bit cramped in the seat as I would be on a crj200. Didn't use the lav, I went b4 getting on and after getting off. The Q400 is a good aircraft and I would ride it again on the shorter runs.

User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

I fly them fairly often from PSP-SMF and back on QX. They are definately not loud for a prop, and I've never found one aircraft to be more rough than another. It felt a bit more comfortable on this flight than the CRJ-700's were back when they started it. The overhead bins were the average size for a plane this size, same as the CRJs as far as I could tell. I find the CR7s to be very quiet, but I don't find that much of a difference in the actual flight experience. All in all, it's a great plane to fly on and quite tollerable for 1.5hour flights. They climb great out of PSP even when it's 120 degrees F!

User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

I have flown on both QX and SK and have been impressed with the airplane. The legs I took were SEA-YYC and ARN-ZRH, with that leg nearly 3 hours long. ARN was warm on the day we left (near 70F) and although the airplane was a bit warm when we boarded, by the time we took off, the comfort level increased.
Takeoff on the Q400 is quite jetlike, smooth and rotation as if you were on a 737. Enroute, smooth and not noisy at all to me. Gives you a lulling sensation, great if you are looking at catching a nap. Space is all up to the individual airline, but these two (QX/SK) have comfortable cabins to me, 6ft 3in...
Now if only CO would order them...

JSD



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User currently offlineGoodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

I've flow on an OS/Tyrolean Q400 a few times from GVA-VIE I like them quite a bit. I found it to be quiet and didn't feel the vibrations like I usually do on prop planes. A really comfortable amount of space makes it a very nice ride. It sure is a long plane though...


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4022 times:
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I am looking forward to trying one when SA Express get theirs soon, I like the Dash 8-300 on the short flights, it is more leisurely than a jet.


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User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

I flew BHX-EDI-BHX on Flybe Dash8-Q400. Really impressed- lovely leather seats, good leg room. Smooth, and very quick! Take off wasy impressive- very steep.

Also flew Dash8Q-300 LCY-FMO-LCY. Both exceptional flights. Slightly more vibration on the 300 than the 400 but overall, great experiences.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3951 times:

I flew the same route as you Raffik last Thursday (BHX-EDI-BHX with FlyBe), although coming back I got the BAe146-200 which was a pleasant surprise!

I found the seats to be average, although there could have been a little more arm room. The ride was very smooth for a prop aircraft as was the landing, and the takeoff was much more fun than I had expected, very swift acceleration and a rapid climb-out. Comparing it against the non Q version of the Dash8-300 which I flew BRS-PLH a couple of hours ago with Air Southwest, there is no competition - without a doubt the older version has more vibration, shaking and noise in the cabin. But - I still prefer the 300 to the 400, with a load of 23 it was airborne this evening in just over 10 seconds.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

This is my favourite aircraft for a reason.
Everything about it seems good.
I love how it looks, how comfortable it is, and how it sounds.
(or how it doesn't sound)
Gotta love the Q400.
There is something, however, that I love about loud, bumpy turboprops.  Wink

Quoting Macc (Reply 10):
the look of the engines is embarassing.

How exactly do you mean this?


Devon



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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

I flew on the Q400 last Sunday



1. Fairly quiet I noticed it to be a bit more quieter then the Previous Dash 8 variants.

2. On Qantaslink/Sunstate I found it ok I'm aproximently 5ft 6in tall the seat pitch was quite suffiecint although a couple of the pax did bump their heads on the overhead bins when disembarking because the aircraft was brand new (Built January 2006) the aircraft was spotless.

3. Sorry I never used the lav

4. I didn't use the overhead bins either but they were quite compact conpared to 737's, A320's etc.



Jason



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