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PenAir To Get Q400's  
User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 2238 times:

Interesting news for Alaskan aviation. Evidently KS (PenAir) will be replacing its Saab 340 fleet with the Q400 over the coming years. Since the order is apparently pretty far off who knows if it will actually come to fruition, but exciting nonetheless! The article is from a Dutch Harbor/Unalaska media outlet.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/ki...?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1057645


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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Nice change, but not in any hurry, I guess. As late as 2016, I wonder how many they plan to phase in per year.
Perhaps PenAir will expand a bit into other Alaska locales. Maybe take over Era's service in the 'Last Frontier'?



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Not an unsurprising move,

The Aleutians where overserved when Reeve was still operating, and underserved when KS didn't have the aircraft to cover those routes when they went under in 2000. Add to that Alaska pulling out of DUT, two years ago, something had to happen to improve capacity.



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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

This seems to me like the perfect fit. I have wondered why it took the Q400 so long to make it into Alaska. Before realizing ERA's issues I though it would be a possible replacement a/c.

ASLAX



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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I had heard this but for some reason i had heard that it was Q-300's, oh well it wasnt a very reliable source. Another thing that i wonder about is the TO performance of the Q-400, i was viewing the TO distance and it looked like, fully loaded, the plane wouldnt be able to get out of Dutch. Also is there any possiblity of a Q-400 Combi???? just a thought, and heres another, start flying to Kodiak!!!!!

User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 4):
Another thing that i wonder about is the TO performance of the Q-400, i was viewing the TO distance and it looked like, fully loaded, the plane wouldnt be able to get out of Dutch.

The article mentions that the state is doing some improvements to DUT. Although I have to say it's surprising that a 732 could utilize DUT, but apparently the Q400 would have problems. However, I think the 400 will be a good fit for Penair, especially on the DUT runs. Definitely a step up from the Saabs, although it's curious that its taking them 10 years to acquire these planes.



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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 4):

This is very true. The shortest runway Horizon uses is STS at 5,100ft and they have been talking about how short it is. With DUT being 3,900ft, well needless to say this is really pushing the envelope. I imagine that DUT will have some weight restrictions and ANC non-stop without may be out of the question.

ASLAX



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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 4):
I had heard this but for some reason i had heard that it was Q-300's

I shudder to think how long an ANC-DUT flight would take in a Q300....


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Very, very cool.

The Saabs are all used, and not bad aircraft really. They haven't been in the inventory for too many years. Some from NW and some from Business Express.

Why 10 years?

Is there that many aircraft on back-order?


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Quoting Kohflot (Reply 7):
I shudder to think how long an ANC-DUT flight would take in a Q300....

I flew that route once when Markair had the run-in a Q300.

I can't remember how long it took, but when I would send a Merlin/Metro down there on a medevac I think I filed for 2.5-3 hours. Been a couple of years though.



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