Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2403 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.
MtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2270 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'?
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29940 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2227 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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Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2156 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!!!!!
Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2125 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.
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.
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