I haven't flown on any of the Delta Connection flights with Freedom Air on the Dash-8's yet, but I'm scheduled to fly on one PWM-JFK on my way to TXL this Saturday.
I have flown on US Airways and NW Airlink (back in the day) with Dash-8's though and found them more spacious than other props I've been on. It's been a while since I've flown a commuter flight on a prop though, so I opted for the DL flight over B6 for this trip simply to get on a turbo-prop while I still can.
Personally, I feel that flying on the props feels a lot more like real flying than on a jet cruising at high altitude. You cruise a lot lower and the views are always spectacular! Throw in some weather, bumps and chop and that's my idea of a good time. You feel more connected to the aircraft in flight when it's a smaller plane. And noise...Good, the more the better. Planes are suppose to be loud!
Qantas767 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 101 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3322 times:
I have flown a fair bit on the Qantas Link Dash8s I love em, they are great on the T/O roll quick to accelerate, great views with the high wing.
Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 2): Personally, I feel that flying on the props feels a lot more like real flying than on a jet cruising at high altitude. You cruise a lot lower and the views are always spectacular!
Wave882 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3274 times:
If the -8 is anything like the ATR42, then it'll probably exceed your expectations. I found the Continental Express "JetLink" ATR42 to be spacious and quiet. Perhaps a little loud on takeoff, but once the props got set to cruise rpm then it wasn't bad at all.
Bh From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3099 times:
Not a bad ride at all,i did the BWI-JFK run a little bit ago and it was fine.A little loud on takeoff but once we got going all was good.The service was nice and even though it was full i didn't feel too cramped.
The only thing was a little ground/taxi delay at JFK,but i'm sure most of us expect that in the evening.Have a great trip and tell us how it went.
I only paid $64 with Taxes included for the PWM-JFK leg, so you're welcome for my business, but I'm sure DL is making no revenue from my seat with those fares! Go figure, B6 came out to $84 O/W with taxes included! So I'll be trying them on the way back to PWM from JFK next month.
Like I said, I'd prefer the prop. It's something different and you get to fly on A320's all the time these days, so why not? A320's and 737's get boring after a while, and flying on the smaller props feels more like the true flying experience I get when I fly light general aviation aircraft
Also, I've flown on a lot of old birds with the majors, LCC carriers, and Regional Airlines in the U.S. and I've yet to fly on a plane that I could genuinely consider dirty. Yellowed walls, blue-juice toilets, musky smell and worn or faded seats don't equate to dirty to me. Just a working aircraft. Hell, I've found ABC gum stuck under my seat on almost brand new jet airliners.
Oh, and sometimes on the props you get that extra whiff of Jet-A drifting through the cabin while you're still on the ramp or taxing/holding behind other aircraft and I just love the smell of jet fuel in the morning!
B6 is still flying the A320 to PWM until the end of the month, so I'll return with them after connecting from a DL flight from TXL.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2357 times:
I have flown on a ridiculously high number of Dash8 flights being from the caribbean. They are nice props, my favourtite actually. Comfortable, and spacious as compared to other props. The non Q series aren't very quiet, but most props aren't. However I find the noise of a Dash 8 is alot more agreeable than other props like the ATR and Saab. The Q is great, more noticeably quiet after takeoff. Dash 8s are fantastic.