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Three Hour Nonstop On A Q400?  
User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2169 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

In looking at some schedules I stumbled upon a thrice-weekly flight on South African Express from JNB to FBM - three hours on a Q400. I didn't even know turbos could operate such long sectors? Does anyone know what kind of penalty SAX has on this flight? Or better still has anyone EXPERIENCED this flight?

Three hours! Egad.

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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5113 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting AF022 (Thread starter):
In looking at some schedules I stumbled upon a thrice-weekly flight on South African Express from JNB to FBM - three hours on a Q400. I didn't even know turbos could operate such long sectors? Does anyone know what kind of penalty SAX has on this flight? Or better still has anyone EXPERIENCED this flight?

Three hours! Egad.

That certainly is a long flight on a 400. But, I have had a 3 plus hour flight on a Dash 8-200 once, and that was not very comfortable. I think the Q400 is a bit more comfy, although I have not flown on one yet. I have heard plenty of positives though. It seems that most of the complaints come from 3 hr CRJ flights. I have done the CRJ 3 hour trip, and my back about snapped in half when I got out of my seat.



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting AF022 (Thread starter):
I didn't even know turbos could operate such long sectors?

Why say that..? I did 5 hours in a Saab 340 several times... Of course it was a ferry flight with just me and the flight crew....and max fuel



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8696 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

The mighty Q400 can do trips like this all day long. 1000 miles is nothing difficult for that bird. Published range is 1,567 mi (2,522 km) apparently with a standard load.

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3434 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

depends how they configure the plane and how clausterphobic you get. I know on QX's old layout they were super comfy (my understanding they have since added seats, haven't ridden recently and can't comment). I've been on some long CR7/9 sectors and if they have good seats (OO) its really not that bad. If they buy the cheapest ones available (YV) then a short flight (CLT-CHS) will leave you in pain, and a longer leg (CLT-SYR) may require a visit to the chiropractor.


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User currently onlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3423 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Recall its a turboprop so a 3hr flight on one is going to be alot shorter distance wise than a 737 or A320.

User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 1):
I have had a 3 plus hour flight on a Dash 8-200 once, and that was not very comfortable.

Two and a half hour flight on America West Express (dba. Mesa) was one of the worst flight of my life, if not the worst. I agree with you.  Smile



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 5):
Recall its a turboprop so a 3hr flight on one is going to be alot shorter distance wise than a 737 or A320.

JNB-FBM is posted at 1006 miles, which would probably be 25-30 minutes shorter on a jet. That Q400 is a speedy bird for a turboprop!



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