Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
It seems as if QX should have some Q-300 series Dash-8's. QX operates a few routes that the 50 seat -300 could potentially do well on. many QX routes are constantly full with the 200s, yet they are not big enough for a -400. Routes that come to mind are: Seattle-Redmond, Seattle-Victoria, Seattle-Spokan, Seattle-Eugene, Seattle-Vancouver and Seattle-Portland. these are just some flights that i have noticed are constantly full. I think that the 300 is a great aircraft and would fit in well with QX's fleet of Bombardiers. So why doesn't QX operate the Q-300?
Asqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3217 times:
Quoting Thecheese (Reply 1): Horizon used to fly a bunch of Dash-8's, but I think they phased them out for fleet commonality reasons.
Last time I checked, Horizon still has nearly 50 Dash 8s in both Q200 and Q400 variants. Given the low operating costs and larger capacity of the Q400s, Horizon probably has little need for a Q300. Also, due to the fact that the Q400 has a lower per-seat cost than the Q200, Horizon figures that any route that would presumably be worth flying a Q300 on can just as easily be served with a Q400, which allows for much greater revenue potential.
Of the routes you mentioned, Spokane already gets plenty of Q400s, and believe me, there are times when you can't get a seat from SEA to GEG for DAYS. Plenty of times people can be found wishing that there were more Alaska flights instead of Horizon. Vancouver gets the same way. Victoria isn't steady business and the Q200 is plenty. Goeing to Portland, with 26 flights a day, and a few CRJ-700s and Q400s mixed in, the only reason to upsize the planes would be to reduce frequency, something not too likely to happen. I don't usually deal with Redmond and Eugene passengers much, at least not enough to remember. Then again, I probably don't remember because it has never been an issue finding availability into those cities for misconnecting passengers.