Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4166 posts, RR: 36 Posted (10 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 3108 times:
ATR received an order for one ATR 42-500 and four ATR 72-500s plus two options from Air Tahiti. The order will allow the French Polynesian airline to renew and increase its existing fleet and extend its inter-island network. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between Nov. 2004 and Dec. 2008.
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4166 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 2815 times:
Well... its about the same dimension for them if SWA would go out shopping for around 400+100 B737 in one go... For Air Tahiti it is definately a large order, same applies to ATR these days. And it clearly shows that RJs are not the -heal-everything medium these days, but that props have a niche market as well.
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3108 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
...But gosh, it would be nice to find a turboprop that doesn't render one deaf after even a short flight.... I really wanted to like them, but the only ones I've been on were NOT pleasant experiences...
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3008 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
GSPSPOT, Air Tahiti sure has found one. The ATR42-500 and ATR72-500 (as well as the Q400, Saab 2000 and other new generation turboprops) are in a whole different league from their predecessors, including earlier ATR models. I took a couple of flights with Air Tahiti and was amazed by the low noise level and lack of vibration on the -500s. From inside the cabin, it was virtually indistinguishable from flying on a jet--in fact, I found it preferable to the cramped (and, in the rear at least, noisy!) ERJs and CRJs that have invaded North America. Try one, you'll like it!
HZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1711 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
How does any island carrier keep their planes healthy? I would think that the misting seaspray would quickly and eventually rot away tiny moving parts in the propeller engine creating an inflight failure.