DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
I didn't know that Pacific Coastal airlines in Vancouver is operating a Saab 340 now. Any idea why they brought in a Saab 340 when the majority of their fleet is comprised of Shorts 360's? What route are they operating it on?
DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Quoting Jayce (Reply 2): The Saab 340s are replacing the Shorts 360s. Some of the Shorts' have already left the fleet.
I saw one in YVR yesterday afternoon and I have to say the new Saabs do look nice in the Pasco colours.
Thanks a lot for the info. I wonder why they chose the Saab 340 over the Dash 8. You'd think it would be a natural choice for a Canadian airline not to mention older surplus Dash 8's on the market. But anyway, glad to see a newcomer to the Pacific Coast. With the increased range of the Saab 340, perhaps we will see Pacific Coastal launching some new routes or doing a bit of expanding.
Timeair From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
Using it on their new YVR-YZZ runs, and I would assume upguaging their B1900 YVR-YXC and YVR-YWL on an as needed basis to the 340. Would assume for adhoc charter work YVR - YAZ and YVR - ZMT during fishing charter season.
DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
Darn! I was hoping the new Saab would pay a visit to Victoria. But I guess we'll be stuck with the "flying sheds" . Although, in the article in Saab Aircraft leasing, they did say that they were looking to phase out their Embraers and Pacific Coastal usually sends one Embraer a day to Victoria so could that mean the possibility of a Saab. Or since that the Saab is replacing the Shorts 360 on a lot of routes, I guess this frees up some 360's for the YVR-YYJ service.
Jayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
Pasco is also getting rid of the Bandits, I think they're just standardizing the fleet right now. As for the Shorts, I know a few are going to a new (cargo?) startup in Vermont called Air Now and a few are going to Aruba, also to a startup.
The fleet is pretty much down to the Saab 340s and the beech 1900s now. DForce, I'm not sure why they chose the Saabs over the Dash-8, I'm assuming the got a pretty good deal on them? They were formally with Chatauqua and stored in Bangor, Maine for quite a while.
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