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Flying The Dash 8-400  
User currently offlinePA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Hello. My question is in regards to flying a Dash 8-400 on a 699 mile ride from CPG to ZAG with SAS in May. I have not been on a "propeller" type plane longer than 1 hour 20min and the thought of 2 hrs 25min kind of unnerves me. Give me a jet any day for such a long flight. Any thoughts? I thought we would have been on an SAS or Snowflake 737 but was surprised to see it operated by a Dash 8. Hopefully with the weather cooperating it might provide for some fabulous scenery. Thank you.

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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

CPG? Or CPH?

Anyhow, the Dash 8-400 is comfortable enough for a flight of that length - ok, the seats are a bit narrower, but that's about it... and, at least on my flights with SK, the service was always quite good, so I really wouldn't have any doubts about it.

Have fun on that flight - and enjoy the scenery... in May, you'll have good chances of having a nice view from the plane.

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineSuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

The SuperDash (Q400) is a wonderful plane. I fly on Horizon's all the time (2 hours as well). I don't know about SAS, but Horizon has extra leg room and the plane rides really well. Throw in some free beer and I am good to go. It's way better than the (bite my arm off) CRJ and it better than a 737 because it's easy on and off and no middle seat. I hope you do get a nice day, because it will make for nice scenery. Have fun.

SuperDash


User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 6353 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

"ok, the seats are a bit narrower,"

The seat on the Q400 are in fact the same width as on a 737.

"Give me a jet any day for such a long flight"

BTW, the Q400 cabin interior is slightly larger than its stable mate, the CRJ700, and is not that much slower.



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Planemaker, the seats on the Q400 are really the same width as on a B737? Didn't know that - but probably explains why that thing always felt quite comfortable...



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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3437 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

IF you don't look at the engines, you might as well be on a jet- quite, fast, and comforatable. You just happen to get good short field and low alt performance.


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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

SAS use its Dash 8-Q400 for long intra european flights up to 3 h 10 min! That is to long.

User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

Hmmm.

I've flown QX's Portland-Seattle Shuttle and Spokane-Seattle Shuttle with Q400 aircraft. It's the curvature of the aircraft that makes one thinks the seats are narrow. But I'm a big guy and have about the same room on a 2+2 Q400 as on a 3+3 737, so I think the analogy to the 737 is an apt one. As far as I know, there is only one lavatory per aircraft (someone correct me if I'm wrong). QX's service has two FA's -- one servicing pax from the back to the middle and one from the front to the middle. However, on a 699 mile (1125 kilometer) flight, you might have full Y class meal service.



User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 6353 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

Leskova - Yes, they really do have the same seat width. It surprises a lot of people. I think that a lot of people assume the seat is narrower because the 4-abreast cabin is so obviously smaller than the 737. And compared to the CRJ700, the Q400 has an ovoid cross section so that the aisle height is 6 inches taller and the floor is wider as well.

[Edited 2004-04-17 21:20:29]


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3617 times:

Worldperks, actually, SK already serves a meal on flights like HAJ-CPH, which is much shorter (249mi, 65min flight time) - ok, just a cold meal, but it always consisted of a sandwich, a salad, some fruit and some cake... not sure if they still do though, my last flight on them was in 2002...

Planemaker, thanks for the additional info....

[Edited 2004-04-17 21:19:48]


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User currently offlinePA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Thanks to all of you with the great responses. My fault for saying CPG when it should have been CPH-ZAG. Seat width and 1 lavatory aside...I still think anything over 90 minutes in the Dash 8-400 is a bit long. I also have flown it many times to BOI, PDX and YVR and for short hops it is fine. I am curious as to see how it will be flying in it for over 2 hours. Will I go stir crazy? I don't think so. I didn't on the 14 plus hours LAX-MNL nonstop I took awhile ago.
Thanks again!


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