GL bought this Dash-8-200 from QX a few months ago. They renovated it with a new interior, and plan to use it on their new KEF-GOH (Nuuk)-UAK-KEF route, hoping to compensate for the retirement/(sale?) of their 752, normally placed on the CPH-UAK route.
Wikipedia says they still operate 6 Dash-7s. I think their long-term plan is to replace them with the more efficient, longer range Dash-8s, but I doubt there are Q400s in store. One hint is this paragraph from the article: "The new aircraft Dash-8 aircraft model of Dash 8-200 and not the model Dash 8 - Q400 which SAS has had problems with." GL does a lot of combi operations with their Dash-7s - it'll be interesting to see if they plan on the same with the Dash-8s.
Now that I looked into it... it looks like both Canadian North and Air Inuit can configure their Dash-8-100s into 21-seat, 3000lbs combi layouts. I'm not sure if GL's DH2 can be configured this way, and my impression is that they intend to use it mainly for passenger routes right now. But, I suppose if they intend to replace all their Dash-7s (which have combi configurations) with D-8s, then they'll very likely look into combi configs.
Fly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1068 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5085 times:
Quoting Thule (Reply 5): But, I suppose if they intend to replace all their Dash-7s (which have combi configurations) with D-8s, then they'll very likely look into combi configs.
Well I hope that they will be able to do this. I know that the Dash-7 combis do a great job with the load they carry pax and cargo! So I hope that Bombardier will help them out in this respect. I know that the Dash-7's do play a special role in being able to still perform tasks that the "updated" Dash-8 is not able to, so hopefully GL will be able to figure this out.