I personally HATE the F28. I'll tell you why. This was on the Thanksgiving weekend in October, 1999. This was the first time I ever flew on one - on a Canadian Regional F28 from YYC to YVR after making a very tight connection from YEG. Tried to upgrade, but the FA said sorry, there's no seat left in Business Class. But they were pretty nice through the whole trip. Anyway, I had go to my seat in economy class, about halfway down the cabin. The legroom? Terrible! I'm only average-sized for a man, though on the skinny side, about 5'9". Yet my knees pressed against the seat in front of me. Not to mention the fact the seats are tiny, even smaller than what you'd get on a Dash 8!
The noise was just as awful. I might as well have strapped right to one of these jet engines! The noise was worst when the pilots powered up the engines prior to takeoff and just after landing. Think of what any larger commercial jet aircraft like the 737-200 sounds like from the outside when they're taxiing, that's exactly what it sounded like in the cabin, a high pitch whine just a notch less in volume, but still pretty awful. During flight, the nasty whine gets replaced by the usual cabin roar, but still louder than the 737-200, especially in the back. Even the 737-200s and the DC-9-32s, operated by CP and AC, respectively aren't even as loud inside the cabin and neither of them has that terrible whiney pitch to it. The turbulence during the flight was really, really bad. The FAs couldn't even serve the drinks at all and no one could get up and use the washroom. The F28 is about probably as turbulence-prone as any regional jet could get. Probably because the F28 doesn't cruise as high an altitude as most jets do. My mother and my sister came down to YVR that same afternoon on a WestJet 737 flight, they experienced very little turbulence on the way. I flew back to YYC from YVR a few days later, and managed to get an upgrade. Service was pretty good. But the business class seats were not that much larger than the 737's economy class seats, but the legroom was OK. Still loud as ever on that trip. With that kind of noise, I am not going to be too surprised if the pilots or the FAs end up with some hearing damage after serving for a time on these planes! I swore never to fly on these planes again. I usually try to book 737 flights, CP or WestJet, or on any AC flight. AC uses the DC-9 and the BAe 146 on the YEG-YVR route. And the occasional A319, which I find a delight to fly on!