Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8491 posts, RR: 10 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
SA Express Airways took delivery of Africa's first Q400 two weeks ago and I had the chance to fly on it last night. Standing on the tarmac it looks very long and thin but the 6 blade props look the business! On board it looks even longer, but the 33" pitch is quite comfortable and the seats okay despite looking very thin and flimsy. The takeoff roll was very short for JNB at 5,500ft ASL (we were 52 pax in a 74 seater) and the climbout and ride is much quieter than the 300.
Sitting across the aisle from me was a Bombardier engineer who told me that he had been riding with the plane since delivery while they shake out any problems. He said it takes about 6 weeks to "settle the plane" but that he might stay for up to a year.
Overall the flight was great apart from the cabin temperature which got hotter and hotter through the 40 minute flight, the engineer said to the FA that the cabin temperature was regulated partly by sensors in the cabin and that one of them might be faulty.
I did notice 2 funnies that had nothing to do with the aircraft, the emergency card had the word EMERGENGY and the in flight magazine said the plane has leather seats which it doesn't!
Anyone else got any impressions of the Q400, good or bad?
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ILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3195 times:
I flew on one for the first time about 2 months ago. I honestly didn;t really have a excessively positive or negative experience. It feels like any other turboprop on the inside, but it looks oh so cool on the outside. It also doesn't really feel any roomier than the Q200 on the inside unless you are sitting in the last few rows.
I'd say the best part was that I was on Horizon Air, and they serve free Beer from local microbreweries!
Vunz From Netherlands, joined Jun 2001, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2938 times:
I flew the Dash 8 Q400 last Sunday from ARN to AMS on SK. We had a two hour tech delay for some reason, but I must say the plane is comfortable spacious (legroom!!) and has leather seats. SK has my vote.
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
I just took my first DH4 last weekend on a Horizon flight from PDX to GEG and it was quite enjoyable. My prop experiances before hand were on the ATR-42, Saab-340 and EMB-120 all of which I disliked but this plane was no worse than a CRJ and because I was on Horizon, the service was excellent.
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MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2655 times:
I like them. The slim and slender fusalage looks nice, and the props complement it! I only wish UP had the money to get some of these
I read that the Q-400 saves 3 million USD on a sub-500 mile route compared to a CRJ-700. Also the article said that the Q-400 has a brekeven at 30 pax and makes a profit with less seats compared to a CRJ-700
Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
Quoting Andz (Thread starter): Sitting across the aisle from me was a Bombardier engineer who told me that he had been riding with the plane since delivery while they shake out any problems. He said it takes about 6 weeks to "settle the plane" but that he might stay for up to a year.
Is this SOP for many/most airlines/manufacturers with new deliveries? Or is SA a special case; maybe they requested the presence of the engineer?
Quoting MD90fan (Reply 6): I like them. The slim and slender fusalage looks nice, and the props complement it!
Agree with you on that one!
As for me, I have yet to fly on a Q400, though I've enjoyed a hop on one of its older siblings with US. They really are wonderful little turboprops.
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TuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Flybe's Q400's seem to suffer from a lot of tech problems, primarily when they are due to fly in or out of LBA! we were told one night by FlyBe personnel in SOU that the plane wasnt expected in until 10pm if not later , and the time was 8.30 due to severe weather conditions in SOU so we announced it to the pax who wernt too happy ...the plane touched down at 9pm making us look like fools, and it turned out the plane was tech, not adverse weather!
BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2117 times:
Quoting TuRbUleNc3 (Reply 13): ...the plane touched down at 9pm making us look like fools, and it turned out the plane was tech, not adverse weather!
I would suggest that this issue is more to do with comms problems between the airline and your organisation. Speak to a Manager and get them to detail what you've said in the next Airport Manager's meeting with the airline in order to suggest a way to improve communications between the two.
In fact, think of something yourself prior to mentioning it, so that you've got something positive to add as opposed to you comments just being perceived as a complaint!
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