I work across the runway from the Reeve Aleutian Airways hanger in Anchorage AK. As I have mentioned before RAA is the last operator of passenger carring L-188 Electras. Word is that this will probably be the last year of Electra operations for the airlines. I brought it up when the article about Reeve appeard in Airways magazine a while back. The speculation that had been going around was that RAA was going to going to get rid of the Electras by aquiring a couple of Dash-8's, However I had a number of problems with this train of thought (based on my observations when I worked for them).
One of the theories I had was that when the FAA finally tells Reeve to knock-off flying the Electras,(rumor is that they said no later then this year) was that they where going to go and pull their two remaining Nihon YS-11's (N169RV was sold in 1996) out of ramp storage and start flying them again. I finally got some evidence of that a couple of nights ago.
I was dropping some of our passenger off at the shuttle bus drop-off spot at the main terminal. As I was pulling out I noticed that there was only one YS-11 parked on the Reeve ramp. I wasn't able to get a tail number to tell if it was 171RV or 173RV but it had the right hand engine removed. When I got back to the south airpark I looked over to the Reeve hanger The hanger was open and inside the hanger was the other YS-11.
My thoughts are that if you want to get a L-188 Electra ride better do it before the end of this summer because it appears to me that the Reeve Mechanics are trying to get at least one, or both of the YS-11's operational.
Anybody out there heard anything else? Or do you have your own theories. I don't get ACAR or any of the aircraft trade sheets that might have anyother information.