Ramerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
I just wanted to know the story with this service . . .
I recently flew them from ALB-ISP on Sunday. I know they cut service back on the weekends and I'm guessing this is because the lack of business travelers. The flight from ALB-Montreal(YYZ?) had "zippo". The ramper asked the gate agents and she replied "Zippo". My flight had 2, me and another. There were as many of us as them!
I wanted to know:
1.) If the loads are always this light or is it just during the weekends.
2.) How they operate their fleet of 1900s, The schedule showed that almost all the cities served from ALB depart at around 5pm and come back-do the a/c only have 2 flights a day?
3.) Can these a/c be operated efficiently? The first row is blocked off and the last bench of 3 seats is folded down. Only 9 seats available.
4.) Isn't this a/c kind of dangerous? There was NO cabin door(which gave a great view) and the F/O was the flight attendant too. The engines were so loud that you couldn't hear the announcements either(I didn't mind, I was able to sing to my mp3 player without bothering anybody.
Tjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2025 times:
Next time you fly the Beach 1900 ask the F/O-F/A for a double Stoli's on the rocks with a twist of lime- You won't care as much about the dangerous aircraft and it will probably make you sing better too- kinda like in flight Karaoke.
Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8648 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2008 times:
Well, first off I'm sure the seats wouldn't be blocked if more people were booked. The B1900 has a capacity for 19. Additionally, it's not in the least a "dangerous" aircraft. The Beech is a rugged and reliable aircraft and just beause it's a turboprop doesn't mean it's any less safe. Commutair flies them all over out of CLE and they're making money and bringing in connections.
Ramerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
I don't know why I typed beach instead of Beech . . . Anyway, it was a cool aircraft.
I noted that it may be dangerous because of there being no cabin door. Otherwise, I don't see why it wouldn't be able to fly. I know a US F/A told me they wanted to phase out the Dash-8s because the average weight per passenger was going to go up and the props weren't going to be able to hold as many seats as before. I thought that was maybe happening here.
Also, anybody know about this routes load during the week? - It was very very low on the weekend!!
DC-10inLB From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Those Beeches are a blast to fly on. My freind used to work for Commutair so I flew with him a few times back when he was based in Upstate NY, he's since gone to CLE and hired on w/ another airline. Those seats are only blocked when the plane isn't full. The seat people towards the CG when they're not full, so that means no back row. I was on a few flights that were totally full and the back row was used though.